John Finn: Medal of Honor Recipient

May 27, 2010

A brave and courageous man has gone home today. Lieutenant John Finn, the oldest Medal of Honor recipient died this morning at The Veteran’s Home of California in Chula Vista. Find out more saddening details and see photos and a video right here.

John Finn

Not only was he the oldest living recipient of the medal, but also the highest award for valor in the nation. John Finn, an American hero. Be sure to check out photos and videos below.

As a biography, John William Finn was born in Los Angeles, California on July 23, 1909 and died on May 27, 2010 at the age of 100 years old. He was a United States Navy officer who is the oldest recipient of the Medal of Honor for his bravery and courage during World War II, Pearl Harbor attack while living at Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay as a chief aviation ordnanceman. On September 14, 1942 he was awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor by Admiral Chester Nimitz, the commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet, in a ceremony aboard the carrier Enterprise at Pearl Harbor. In 1956, in his mid-40’s, he retired from the Navy as a lieutenant. Throughout the years, he has shown his undying support for veterans attending various military celebratory event.

According to reports, the death of the Medal of Honor recipient was made public the deputy secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs, by J. P. Tremblay. As Memorial Weekend approaches, Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, a dear friend of Finn proclaims, “His story will continue inspiring generations to come while also reminding us all about the contributions and sacrifices of America’s greatest generation”. Such a memorable, fitting time for John Finn, as his life will be celebrated by the many lives he saved, touched, and those left behind. John is survived by his son, Joseph, and joins his late wife Alice, who died in 1998.

Reportedly, John peacefully perished early this morning at 6 am. Captain David Lepard from the United States Navy announced:

“We lost a national treasure and a national hero today. It’s really touching his death occurred on Memorial Day Weekend and he’ll never be forgotten.”

On behalf of our united nation, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama offered their sincerest sympathies to Finn’s family with the following statement:
“Under a torrent of gunfire, Lt. Finn defended his fellow sailors, holding his position for 2 hours until the skies went quiet, despite suffering serious wounds. Like many of those who have served our nation with such distinction, Lt. Finn often said that he never intended to be a hero. Instead, he felt that he was simply doing his duty. But his modesty does not diminish his extraordinary conduct — or the incredible example he has set for our men and women in uniform and for all Americans. As we mark Memorial Day, and pay tribute all who have fallen in defense of this nation, the passing of Lt. Finn is a reminder of the sacrifices that generations have made to preserve the freedoms we hold dear”.

In a recap of Finn’s “magnificent courage in the face of almost certain death,” click here for his remarkable story.

May you rest in peace, John Finn. You will be missed and never forgotten. Leave your thoughts and prayers for the Medal of Honor recipient in the comment box and see pictures and a video below. God bless! To all my readers, please have a safe Memorial Day weekend.

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