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Lt. Thomas Hudner was serving in the Korean War two and a half years after President Truman ended racial segregation in the military during the summer of 1948. When Hudner saw his friend, Ensign Jesse Brown — the Navy’s first-ever African-American aviator — crash-land on the side of a mountain, he crashed his own plane in an attempt to save Brown. Brown died from his injuries, but both men were honored for their service. Hudner died this week at the age of 93.