Medal of Honor Recipient Captain Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., USN (Ret.) To Be Honored at Pacific Aviation Museum

Media Release:  Medal of Honor Recipient Captain Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., USN (Ret.) To Be Honored at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s 3rd Anniversary This Thursday, December 3, 2009, 5:30 to 9:30pm

One of America’s most celebrated military heroes, CAPT Thomas J. Hudner, Jr., USN (Ret.) will arrive Tuesday from Concord, Massachusetts to be honored as Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor celebrates its 3rd Anniversary, this Thursday, December 3, 5:30 to 9:30pm. Over 400 guests will attend the annual fundraiser, which marks the third anniversary of the Museum. The Museum is located on Ford Island, in battlefield hangars that withstood the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

During the Korean War, Captain Hudner was assigned to Fighter Squadron 32 (VF-32) aboard USS Leyte (CV-32). On 4 December 1950, while serving with that unit, he crash-landed his plane near the Chosin Reservoir in a brave effort to rescue Ensign Jesse L. Brown, another VF-32 pilot whose plane had been shot down. For his heroism, (then) Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Hudner was awarded the Medal of Honor.

The event’s Honorary Chair is celebrity Jim Nabors. Comedian Bo Irvine is emcee.

Comedian Bo Irvine

Hangar 37’s Gallery will be the scene of music and entertainment, with the 1940s-style singing group the Liberty Belles and celebrity Jim Nabors featured. A major focus of the evening will be over $50,000 in donated prizes, which guests can enter to win. The evening’s cuisine is being specially prepared and catered by Chef Chai of Chai’s Island Bistro.

Two of the Museum’s latest aircraft acquisitions: a MiG-15 and an F-86 Sabre, along with the F-14 Tomcat and F-15 Eagle will greet visitors in front of the museum for the cocktail reception.

Pacific Aviation Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to develop and maintain an internationally recognized aviation museum on historic Ford Island that educates young and old alike, honors aviators and their support personnel who defended freedom in The Pacific Region, and preserves Pacific aviation history.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is located at 319 Lexington Boulevard in Hangars 37 and 79 on Ford Island at Pearl Harbor. www.PacificAviationMuseum.org, www.twitter.com/PacificAviation

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