Ensign Jesse L. Brown was the first African American Naval Aviator. He joined VF-32, the "Fighting Swordsman", and deployed on the USS Leyte (CV-32). During the Korean War. he flew 20 Combat missions and was Killed in Action on 12/4/1950.
An unlucky ground fire strike to his fuel lines forced him to crash land on a remote mountaintop while supporting ground troops at the Battler of Chosin Reservoir. He survived the crash landing but was unable to extricate himself from the plane. He died of his wounds despite the efforts of wingman Thomas J. Hudner Jr., who intentionally crashed his own aircraft in a rescue attempt, for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor. Brown was awarded the Distingwished Flying Cross and Purple Heart.
His F4U Corsair external views and cutaway are on one side and the USS Leyte CV-32 top and side view are on the other side. Opposite the handle is the top view, front view, a photo of Esn. Jesse Brown in the cockpit, and the Naval Aviator Wings.
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