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.
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..
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?
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)
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!!!