Jesse L. Brown (1926–1950) was the first African-American naval
aviator in the United States Navy, and the first naval officer killed in
the Korean War. Born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to an impoverished
family, Brown had an avid interest in aircraft from a young age. After
graduating as salutatorian of his high school, he enlisted in the US
Navy in 1946 and became a midshipman one year later after finishing a
degree at Ohio State University. He earned his pilot wings on 21 October
1948, and was subsequently assigned to Fighter Squadron 32 aboard the
USS Leyte. At the outset of the Korean War, the Leyte was ordered to
the Korean Peninsula, arriving in October 1950. Brown flew 20 combat
missions before his F4U Corsair aircraft came under fire and crashed on
a remote mountaintop on 4 December 1950 during a mission supporting
ground troops at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. Brown died of his
wounds in spite of efforts by wingman Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., who
intentionally crashed his aircraft attempting a rescue and was later
awarded the Medal of Honor. Brown's successes in the segregated US
military were memorialized in several books, and the frigate USS Jesse
L. Brown (FF-1089) was named in his honor.
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