Tom Hudner died today
In 1969, then-Captain Hudner was ordered by Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, to go to bases where race riots had occurred, take testimony and institute reforms to "establish justice." He was able to do this because he was the only white officer in the Navy with the moral authority to deal with the situation, due to his Medal of Honor. His reforms, announced in 1970, changed the way the Navy treated non-white personnel. These reforms were later adopted by all the armed services, with the result that, today, the American military is the one place where "equality of treatment" and "equal opportunity" aren't just words - they're the way things are.
America's a better country for the fact Tom Hudner didn't die on that snowy Korean hillside on 4 December 1950.
The story is chapter one of my book, "the Frozen Chosen."