CONCORD, Mass. — A Medal of Honor winner has celebrated his 92nd birthday with the help of 50 Navy petty officers who serenaded him outside his home.
The sailors sang “Happy Birthday” and “Anchors Aweigh” to former Navy combat pilot Capt. Thomas Hudner, then presented him with a birthday cake and shook his hand during the ceremony Wednesday at his home in Concord, Massachusetts.
Hudner did not speak, but he stood and saluted. His son, Thomas Hudner III, said his father was “humbled and moved” by the show of affection.
Hudner was awarded the Medal of Honor during the Korean War after his plane came under enemy fire and he crash-landed in an unsuccessful effort to save the life of his wingman and friend, Ensign Jesse Brown, the Navy’s first black combat pilot.