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John Finn dies at 100; oldest surviving Medal of Honor recipient (LAST of those @ Pearl Harbor)
Daily Press ^ | 5/28/10 | Tony Perry

Posted on 05/29/2010 8:21:45 PM PDT by Libloather

Edited on 05/29/2010 8:22:59 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

The retired Navy officer was the only one still alive among those who were awarded the medal for actions during the Japanese attack of Dec. 7, 1941.

Reporting from San Diego Retired Navy officer John Finn, who received the Medal of Honor for his bravery during the Japanese attack on military installations in Hawaii that plunged the United States into World War II, died Thursday at the Veterans Home of California in Chula Vista.


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They may not make many more like him - maybe. A SALUTE - to a great American.

A few other FR threads -

Statement on Passing of War Hero John Finn, Medal of Honor Recipient (Duncan D. Hunter)

John Finn, hero at Pearl Harbor, dies at 100

Navy Lt. John Finn, Oldest WWII Honor Recipient, Dies

1 posted on 05/29/2010 8:21:45 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Hand SALUTE! Two!

RIP sir, you have gone to your reward. May God hold you in his arms, and comfort his family.


2 posted on 05/29/2010 8:30:00 PM PDT by rlmorel (We are traveling "The Road to Serfdom".)
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To: Libloather

Rest in Peace Sailor.


3 posted on 05/29/2010 8:33:25 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Flip Both Houses)
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To: rlmorel

RIP sir. A true American.


4 posted on 05/29/2010 8:35:06 PM PDT by unkus
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To: rlmorel

and may he be reunited with all his shipmates.

May his and all their souls through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


5 posted on 05/29/2010 8:39:33 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: Libloather

Fair winds and following seas, Chief.


6 posted on 05/29/2010 8:40:10 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: Libloather

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTciVxpyp8E&feature=related


7 posted on 05/29/2010 9:18:38 PM PDT by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: Libloather

I salute a GREAT AMERICAN. RIP SIR, for you served your country in the greatest possible way. I do wish that there where more like you now that our country is back under attack, but this time from within.

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours.


8 posted on 05/29/2010 9:32:51 PM PDT by SledgeCS (The Zoo has an African lion, and the White House has a Lying African...)
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To: Libloather
Rest in peace honored brother. A grateful nation salutes you.
9 posted on 05/29/2010 9:50:07 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (Northern flags in South winds flutter...)
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10 posted on 05/29/2010 10:07:36 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Another day, another bit of insanity from the spaghetti-noodle-in-chief.)
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11 posted on 05/29/2010 10:09:10 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Another day, another bit of insanity from the spaghetti-noodle-in-chief.)
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To: SledgeCS

12 posted on 05/29/2010 10:11:09 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Another day, another bit of insanity from the spaghetti-noodle-in-chief.)
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The oldest living Medal of Honor Recipient, John W. Finn, who is also a Dec. 7 1941 Survivor, visited his namesake, at the Ford Island Boathouse on Dec. 6, 2009. (The JOHN W. FINN is a biodiesel-fuel boat, one of several at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, that takes thousands of visitors on any given day to the USS Arizona Memorial.)


13 posted on 05/29/2010 10:15:13 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Another day, another bit of insanity from the spaghetti-noodle-in-chief.)
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To: YHAOS
JOHN W. FINN
Aviation Ordnance Chief, U.S. Navy


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John Finn dropped out of school after the seventh grade and worked at various jobs until a few days before his seventeenth birthday, when he joined the Navy. It was 1926, and the world seemed permanently at peace, without even a rumor of war. What Finn wanted was to travel. Over the next few years, he got his wish, serving on a variety of ships that took him up through the Panama Canal and six hundred miles up the Yangtze River.

In December 1941, he was stationed at the Naval Air Station in Kanoehe Bay, Hawaii. He had moved rapidly through the ranks during his years in the Navy and was now a chief petty officer in charge of a twenty-man ordnance crew whose primary duty was maintaining the weapons of a squadron of PBY naval patrol planes. On the morning of December 7, he and his wife were in their quarters about a mile from the aircraft hangars when he was awakened by a popping noise. His first irritated thought was that some fool had decided to do gunnery practice on a Sunday morning. Then he heard planes passing overhead and shouting in the street, followed by a loud knock on his door. It was the wife of one of his men. When he asked her what was wrong, she just pointed up in the air and ran off.

Still not aware of what was causing all the confusion, Finn jumped in his car and headed for the hangars. He was observing the base’s strictly enforced speed limit of twenty miles an hour until a fighter plane came roaring down out of the sky above him. He watched it with curiosity for a moment until he saw the “red meatball” of the Japanese insignia, then rammed the car into second gear and stomped on the accelerator.

He came to a skidding stop at the launching ramps where the amphibious patrol planes were towed back and forth between the water and their hangars and found total chaos. Most of the thirty-six PBYs were already on fire. (Only three would be left at the end of the day because they happened to be on antisubmarine patrol when the Japanese attacked.) Some of his men were inside the burning planes trying to fire at the enemy from the PBYs’ machine guns. Others were struggling to get the guns out of the damaged planes; there were no stationary gun mounts to hold them, and the sailors were trying to improvise using pipe from the machine shop and other materials.

Finn found a mobile instruction stand on which guns were sometimes mounted to teach gunnery. Although enemy planes continued to strafe the position, he moved the stand into a parking area where he would have clear visibility. Then he set a .50-caliber machine gun on it and began to shoot. He held his position for the next two hours. The Japanese fighters went by too quickly to track with the gun. He did hit some of the slower-moving bombers, although they quickly disappeared over the tree line so he couldn’t know if any crashed. He didn’t stop firing until all the enemy planes had gone and it was quiet again.

Finn had been hit by shrapnel in twenty-one places; several were serious wounds. His left arm was numb, and a bullet had passed through one foot. Following medical treatment, he returned to the squadron area and supervised the rearming of the remaining American planes.

Nine months later, Finn was awaiting sea duty when he was informed that he was to receive the Medal of Honor. It was presented to him on Sept. 14, 1942, on board the USS Enterprise in Pearl Harbor by Admiral Chester Nimitz.

Read more from Medal of Honor recipients

MSNBC

14 posted on 05/29/2010 10:36:10 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Another day, another bit of insanity from the spaghetti-noodle-in-chief.)
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15 posted on 05/29/2010 10:42:16 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Another day, another bit of insanity from the spaghetti-noodle-in-chief.)
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Great pic, EV...thanks for posting it.


16 posted on 05/29/2010 10:48:42 PM PDT by rlmorel (We are traveling "The Road to Serfdom".)
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Documentary of Medal of Honor recipients ---> http://www.fancast.com/movies/Medal-of-Honor/148163/1143613153/Medal-of-Honor/videos

R.I.P.

17 posted on 05/29/2010 10:54:25 PM PDT by BigSkyDream
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To: EternalVigilance
What truly saddens me about the current crop of young people in this country is that most of them don't have a clue about what it took for them to have what they have. And I count anyone under Thirty as “young people”.
18 posted on 05/29/2010 11:01:00 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (Northern flags in South winds flutter...)
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I must respectfully disagree with you. For every ignorant young person you speak of I can find another young man or woman, many who have worn the uniform of our country, served in Iraq or Afghanistan, who fully understand the cost of maintaining what we, as a Nation, have. I include both my son and son in law in that group.


19 posted on 05/30/2010 6:48:29 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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I did say most, not all.


20 posted on 05/30/2010 6:57:17 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (Northern flags in South winds flutter...)
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