Make a difference

5 Comments

4 years 4 weeks ago, 8:24 PM

daisycutter

daisycutter's picture

Rank:
General of the Army
Points:
5723
Join Date:
Jul 2009
Location:
Arkansas

with died a few months ago. He was the oldest living recipient of the M.O.H. from the Japanese attack on Hawai'i.
We'd been pushing hard for the Navy to name a ship for him while he was still alive, nope.
But I just recently read that he is now officially on the list. They could have done it for him while he was here to appreciate it.
We're going to run out of those guys before long.

iyaoyas
4 years 4 weeks ago, 9:43 PM

greg az

greg az's picture

Rank:
Secretary of Homeland Security
Points:
5873
Join Date:
Oct 2009
Location:
New York, NY, Kenya
Daisy... Your MOH..

Could it have been John Finn.. think thats the old boys name.. maned a browning durring the attack.. shot a couple of times.. they couldn't pull him off of it till sometime after the attack.. Think he retired as a Master Chief.. Could this be the one you were familure with.. Good job Lew..

a man has to hold his word, hold his beliefs, and hold a good sight picture.
4 years 4 weeks ago, 10:22 PM

daisycutter

daisycutter's picture

Rank:
General of the Army
Points:
5723
Join Date:
Jul 2009
Location:
Arkansas

Ordnanceman at the time of the attack Yes, he did man a machine gun and was wounded several times, refused medical treatment. He was finally taken to the hospital but went right back to work as soon as they had his wounds bandaged up.
Amazingly, he and I lived in the same tiny town in East San Diego County and did not cross paths until he and I were attending a convention in St. Louis MO.
Long way to travel just to meet a neighbor, huh?

iyaoyas
4 years 4 weeks ago, 2:17 AM

greg az

greg az's picture

Rank:
Secretary of Homeland Security
Points:
5873
Join Date:
Oct 2009
Location:
New York, NY, Kenya

i took a guess based more on your statement of him passing recently.. I remembered that he had passed not long ago.. and that he lived in HI and Diego.. Think i read he was active in Navy vet affairs..

Didn't know he had recieved a commision.. anyway great that you knew him... His actions were reported more than most, and like the Black stewards mate about the only two events that are always included in any of the films on the attack..

Personal antiodotes appreciated.. (yep sp ck busted)

a man has to hold his word, hold his beliefs, and hold a good sight picture.
4 years 4 weeks ago, 9:32 PM

psmalone

psmalone's picture

Rank:
Colonel
Points:
149
Join Date:
May 2011
Location:
ohio, United States
Great post

It is great to see people giving back to the ones that sacrificed so much, so we can have today.Great post Thank you veterans both young and old!!!

HampsterW's picture
Posted by: HampsterW
4 years 4 weeks ago
Views:
721
Comments:
5

Rating Overview

This text will be replaced

Recent Activity