Massachusetts Medal of Honor recipient dies at 93

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CONCORD, Mass. - A Massachusetts medal of honor winner has died at the age of 93. 

Captain Thomas Hudner, of Concord, received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in an attempt to save the life of his wingman, aviator Jesse Brown, during the Battle of Chosin Resevoir during the Korean War in 1950.  

On Dec. 4, 1950, Hudner and Brown were on patrol when Brown's fighter plane was shot down by Chinese troops. Hudner intentionally crashed his own plane on a snowy mountain to help his friend and comrade. Brown was trapped alive in the burning plane wreckage. 

Despite his bravery and efforts, Brown died from his injuries. Hudner had to leave quickly, as enemy troops moved in. 

Hudner's rescue attempt is one of the most dramatic in U.S. History and the Navy is planning to dedicate a new missile destroyer the USS Thomas Hudner in 2018.   

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