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  A Man Of Honor
by Mr. Ed
Thursday, March 26, 2009
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Yesterday, March 25th

Was Medal of Honor Day

A Day to Honor Our Heroes

Who Gave For Us, All The Way


At Arlington National Cemetery, Yesterday

Stood a Ninety Nine-Year Old, Man of Honor

Heís The Oldest Living Recipient of This Medal

He Received It For His Heroism, at Pearl Harbor


John William Finn is This Very Honorable Manís Name

Back on December 7, 1941, He Manned a Machine Gun

And Despite Being Hit by Enemy Fire, Numerous Times

He Did Not Leave His Post, Until The Attack Was Done


He is The Only Remaining Medal of Honor Recipient

From The Attack on Pearl Harbor, That Infamous Day

Retired Naval Officer John William Finn, Will Be 100

On July 23rd, Most Certainly a Very Honorable Birthday


In addition to the Medal of Honor, Mr. Finnís many decorations include the Purple Heart; American Defense Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal with Two Bronze Stars; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; and the Navy Occupation Service Medal.


Today, Mr. Finn lives alone in California; his wife Alice died in 1998.


And yesterday, with the aid of two walking sticks, Retired Naval Officer John W. Finn stood beside President Obama during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier.†


Later in the day, he was a guest at the White House. It was his first visit, and his first time meeting with a sitting President.†Back in 1942, President Roosevelt had been unable to present Finn with his Medal of Honor in person; he had been presented the medal aboard the USS Enterprise, by Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.


From The Official Medal of Honor Record Book


Finn, John William:


For extraordinary heroism distinguished service, and devotion above and beyond the call of duty. During the first attack by Japanese airplanes on the Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, on December 7, 1941, Lt. Finn promptly secured and manned a .50-caliber machinegun mounted on an instruction stand in a completely exposed section of the parking ramp, which was under heavy enemy machine gun strafing fire. Although painfully wounded many times, he continued to man this gun and to return the enemy's fire vigorously and with telling effect throughout the enemy strafing and bombing attacks and with complete disregard for his own personal safety. It was only by specific orders that he was persuaded to leave his post to seek medical attention. Following first aid treatment, although obviously suffering much pain and moving with great difficulty, he returned to the squadron area and actively supervised the rearming of returning planes. His extraordinary heroism and conduct in this action were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.


Yesterday, March 25th

Was Medal of Honor Day

A Day to Honor Our Heroes

Who Gave For Us, All The Way



©2009, Mr. Ed



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Reviewed by Rebecca Russell 5/25/2012
John Finn was a man I learned of far too late. This was a wonderful tribute to him.
Reviewed by Daniel Gereige 11/12/2009
That was Fantastic well written
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 3/29/2009
A great write ED. What a tribute and honor for John Finn! Hats off to President Obama for recognizing a true patroit!.......M
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 3/27/2009
Like Eileen, I too saw this on TV News. As then, and reading your Honorable poem, I still have chills; I'm old enough to remember the NewsReels of Adm Nimitz presenting the Medal of Honor to the most honorable Lt. Finn. Thank you, Ed, for this memorable poem!
Blessings and Love - Micke
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/26/2009
Splendid piece Ed. I watched the event and was deeply touched...
ps I made a mistake in yesterday's comment I meant Alaska, not Canada;-)TL
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 3/26/2009
this is a beautiful and well deserved tribute--thank you, mr Ed, thank you, John William Finn
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 3/26/2009
Old glory is still alive. Great tribute. Liz
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 3/26/2009
Thank you for this, as I was watching the ceremonies, but was unaware of the entire history of this extremely valiant man and his service to this country. God bless him and God bless you for writing....

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 3/26/2009
Wonderful! Heartfelt and thanks to each one!
Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/26/2009
Old soldiers never die there acts of courage and heroism pass on into history for future generations to learn from and admire.

Fee
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 3/26/2009
A truly remarkable hero and a wonderful tribute to this American hero. I am glad that you shared this story with us

Carole~
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/26/2009
God bless him, and ALL of our veterans! A wonderful tribute to a true American hero! Well done, Ed; bravo!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D *SALUTE*
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 3/26/2009
Its remarkable that he can remember all that, this is really great stuff...Ed
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 3/26/2009
Hope this hero sees America better before he goes.
Semper Fi

Georg

Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 3/26/2009
He stood by his post, and did the honourable thing, God Bless Him, we need more hereos like that today, instead we got bankers that run away, who without him, would not lived or born, or be of their freedom shorn. A great story Ed. Blessings! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/26/2009
God bless this hero, ALL who've served! Well penned, Ed.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 3/26/2009
Ed,

A truly remarkable individual from a time always remembered although its warriors have now left us. They left their mark upon this land and we owe them a special debt of gratitude, especially people like Lt. Finn.

Mary

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