USS Thomas Hudner. (MBTA Transit Police/Twitter)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) — The U.S. Navy commissioned the USS Thomas Hudner during a ceremony at the Flynn Cruise Port Terminal in South Boston Saturday morning.
The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer was named for the late Fall River native, Korean War veteran, and Medal of Honor recipient Thomas Hudner.
During the Korean War, Hudner intentionally crash-landed on a mountain in an unsuccessful attempt to save his shipmate, Jesse Brown.
“He grew up just south of Boston…and he went to school in Phillip’s Academy in Andover,” Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Bill Moran said.
Close to 6,000 people were in attendance at the event, which included Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.
“This is a day with great pride for the city of Boston,” Walsh said. “As we gather here on Boston Harbor — one of the birth places of the American Revolution, one of the iconic places in the American naval tradition — we are here to bear witness to the strength of this tradition, the values it’s built on, and the people who embody it today.”
WBZ NewsRadio1030’s Bill Marcus (@BillMarcusWBZ) reports