Retired U.S. Navy Lieutenant John Finn has died. His cause of death is unknown. He was 100 years old.
A career Navy man, Finn would receive the Medal of Honor in 1942 for his valor during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He was the first soldier to receive the Medal of Honor during WWII.
Finn used a machine gun to shoot at Japanese airplanes from an exposed position. Despite sustaining wounds from bomb and bullet fragments he managed to supervise the rearmament of American war planes.
Finn, who lived near San Diego, often downplayed his yeoman efforts. He once said, "I was just an uneducated man who got mad as hell one day.”
Thank goodness John Finn was on our side.