Navy Destroyer Named For MA Medal Of Honor Vet Comes To Boston

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Capt. Thomas Hudner outside his home on his 92nd birthday in August 2016. (Kim Tunnicliffe/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

BOSTON (AP/WBZ-AM) -- A U.S. Navy destroyer that will be named for a Navy pilot from Massachusetts who received the Medal of Honor during the Korean War is coming to Boston.

The future USS Thomas Hudner, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, is scheduled to arrive at Boston's Flynn Cruise Port Terminal at 10 a.m. Monday. The ship will be commissioned in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The destroyer will be named after Captain Thomas J. Hudner, Jr. Hudner was awarded the Medal of Honor for intentionally crash-landing his plane in an attempt to save the life of his wingmate, Ensign Jesse Brown, who was shot down by Chinese troops during the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War in 1950.

Hudner, a Concord resident, died in November of 2017. 

The USS Thomas Hudner will have a crew of 310. It was built in Bath, Maine and will be homeported in Mayport, Florida.

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