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We need more heroes like Lt. John Finn, not cowards like obama, pelosi, holder, and biden!

Retired Navy Lt. John Finn, the oldest Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, died Thursday at his southern California ranch. He was 100.

Finn was the first man to receive the nation's highest military award for heroism during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He was the oldest of 97 Medal of Honor recipients still living.

Despite head wounds and other injuries, Finn, the chief of ordnance for an air squadron, continuously fired a .50-caliber machine gun from an exposed position as bullets and bombs pounded the base at Kaneohe Bay in Oahu. He then supervised the rearming of returning American planes.

"Here they're paying you for doing your duty, and that's what I did," Finn told The Associated Press before his 100th birthday. "I never intended to be a hero. But on Dec. 7, by God, we're in a war."

Finn received the Medal of Honor on Sept. 15, 1942, from then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

He retired from the Navy in 1947, but continued to help young sailors, Lt. Aaron Kakiel said.

"He's been a real inspiration to a number of our aviation ordnance men and an example for the entire Navy," he said.

Born July 23, 1909, in Los Angeles, Finn lived for 50 years on his ranch near Live Oak Springs, outside San Diego.

He will be buried with full military honors. Kakiel said the Navy was still working with his family members on the details.

link:http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100527/ap_on_re_us/us_obit_war_hero

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3 years 46 weeks ago, 2:58 PM

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RIP

A true American hero!

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3 years 46 weeks ago, 3:27 PM

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Raffy .. Great post.. The kids gave me a book last Christmas.."Pearl Harbor" by Ernest Arroyo, and it has (besides great pics, and detailed info) a short bio on all the MOH recipients from the attack.. Finn was still a Chief at the time, and his picture is great, he has his hat cocked to one side, and a don't F with me expression..

Quoting from Arroyo on the award:

Finn was one of the first people to respond to the attack, manning a 50 that was normally used for instructions. the guns position was completely exposed and in the open near several seaplanes. He disregard his own safety and although painfully wounded many times he continued to return the enemy's fire.. It was only when he was given "direct orders" that he was finally persuaded to leave his post and seek medical attention.. Following first aid, and while obviously suffering much pain and with difficulty, he returned to his squadron and supervised the rearming of returning planes..He served for twenty years mustering out as a Lt in Sept. of 1946.. He was the last living recipient when my book was published.. There were 15 awarded for the attack

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3 years 46 weeks ago, 3:57 PM

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Great Post Raffy

I just recently watched a special on the Medal of Honor from PBS. I got it off of netflix. They had Lt. Finn's story as one of the main pieces. I highly recommend watching the show.

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3 years 46 weeks ago, 4:42 PM

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Rest in peace Lt. Finn

Thank you for your sacrifices you gave for this country. America needs more people like you. God bless you Lt. Finn.

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3 years 46 weeks ago, 5:10 PM

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ass hole walking the ground these MEN like Finn are laid to rest in,glad that fuckhead is not going to Arlington,god bless the troops,every fucking one of them.

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3 years 46 weeks ago, 5:30 PM

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Amen LBC!!!

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3 years 46 weeks ago, 6:44 PM

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R.I.P. I wish the world could have known him and what he did for us

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3 years 46 weeks ago, 6:50 PM

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Men like this were once honored in this country, and their deeds publicized.

Today we publicize "starlets", grungy singers, overblown & overpaid athletes, various "personalities", and other publicity seeking assholes.

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3 years 46 weeks ago, 7:34 PM

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God Bless his soul

but our vets must be rolling in there graves seeing what this country has come to.

America is not at war. The U.S. Military is at war. America is at the Mall. If you don't stand behind our troops, PLEASE feel free to stand in front of them!

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