December 4, This day during the Korean War

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December 4, 1950 – In one of the saddest incidents of the war, the F4U Corsair of Navy LT Jesse L. Brown is shot down by Chinese small arms fire near the Chosin Reservoir. His wingman, LT Tom Hulder, crashes his own aircraft to try and rescue Brown, but even when a rescue helicopter shows up, neither he nor the helicopter pilot can free Brown from the wreckage. After Hulder and the helicopter are forced to leave, Brown dies during the night from his wounds and the cold. Jesse Brown was the first African-American Naval aviator. (Hulder later receives the Medal of Honor for his attempt to save his friend.)



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