HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Tuesday marks the 62nd anniversary of the death of Hattiesburg native Ensign Jesse L. Brown, the nation's first African-American Naval aviator and the first Navy officer killed in combat in the Korean War.
Brown died when his plane was shot down on Dec. 4, 1950. He was just 24 years old.
A permanent exhibit detailing Brown's life is on display at the African-American Military History Museum in Hattiesburg.
"He was a very determined young man. He was a true definition of the power of determination, so we're very proud of him," said LaToya Norman, general manager of the African-American Military History Museum.
In 1973, a Navy frigate was named in honor of Brown. In Hattiesburg, a Forrest County Elks lodge and the county tax building also bear his name.