John Finn, Oldest Medal of Honor Winner, Dies


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

Navy Lt. Aaron Kakiel says Finn died early Thursday on his ranch near Live Oak Springs, where he lived for more than 50 years.

Finn earned the nation’s highest military valor award for his heroism during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He received the Medal of Honor on Sept. 15, 1942, from then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Born July 23, 1909, in Los Angeles, Finn was the oldest of the 97 Medal of Honor recipients still living.

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on August 23, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. A great award to a very brave heroic man.
    His citation is a fantastic commendation to this mans deeds.


  2. Rest in much deserved peace, Mr. Finn. God bless you.


  3. Thank you for visiting my blog and liking one of my posts. I pray you will come again some time. Blessings, Natalie 🙂


    • It was my pleasure, Natalie. I have already made a return trip and I’m sure there will be many more. But, sometimes I become a little bogged down in research, slow typing, etc. that it might take a little time for me to get back – please don’t take it personally – chalk it up to my senility – okay? You have a lovely site and you must be very proud.


  4. Interesting reading:

    Thanks for this one, too.


  5. He resembles someone I worked with.

    Aside from that, you should see this post by Rommel:


  6. BTW, I appreciate you reblogging this. I got dozens of ‘likes’ and lots more activity than my usual post. This man deserves it.


    • You know what I always say, They ALL deserve to be remembered!! I’m glad his memory is bringing some people to your site. You know I love that Wednesday Hero category!!


  7. Another humble patriot. So often, it seems these heroes were merely in the wrong place at the right time and refused to quit. Thank god.


  8. Have many Medal of Honor recipients made it to three figures? That’s some combination of achievements!


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