HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A New York Times bestselling author has written a book about the life of pioneering Hattiesburg aviator Jesse L. Brown.
Author Adam Makos spoke about it during a Veterans Day celebration at the African-American Military History Museum Saturday.
It's called, "Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship and Sacrifice" and it was just published just two weeks ago.
It tells the story of Brown, the nation's first African-American Naval aviator, and his friend, fellow pilot Thomas Hudner.
Hudner received the Medal of Honor after crash landing his plane in an attempt to save Brown's life when he was shot down in North Korea in 1950.
Brown was trapped in his plane and died before he could be rescued.
His remains are still in North Korea.
"This is a story for the ages," said Makos. "Two men from different worlds, who became brothers at a time when the world needed them most. And these men went off to battle together and their friendship lasted until the end of the earth."
"I appreciate (Makos) bringing him to life for me, because my dad died when I was young, and I never really had any memories of him, so this gives me something to go on," said Pamela Knight, daughter of Jesse L. Brown.
Makos said two Hollywood film companies have already expressed interest in making a movie based on his book.