Retired Navy Lt. John W. Finn, the oldest Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, died Thursday at his Southern California ranch. He was 100.
Lt. Finn enlisted in the Navy just before his 17th birthday and went on to become the first man to receive the nation's highest military award for heroism during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, according to a Navy statement.
He was the oldest of 97 Medal of Honor recipients still living.
Despite head wounds and other injuries, Lt. Finn, the chief of ordnance for an air squadron, continuously fired a .50-caliber machine gun from an exposed position as bullets and bombs pounded the Naval Air Station at Kaneohe Bay in Oahu. He then supervised the rearming of returning American planes. Continues at SF Gate.
Not a Laser in sight. Actually it was really windy, a sailboat capsized outside the Gate by Seal Rocks with all hands lost and a kiteboarder was found nose down in the surf off of Ocean Beach. Lesson: know your limits.
I was demoted from horse to donkey by the almighty Tillerman. In order to return to Valhalla, the king of the gods has ordered me to start sailing a Laser. Why are the gods so cruel? Alas, I will endeavor to fulfill the order from Heaven. The campaign begins today!