History's HEROES? Dated 7/23/1909 - 5/27/2010

John Finn

Created by

James Hoffman, AO1, USN (ret)

Location

Hawaii
Stationed there during the start of WWII

Achievements

  • Bravery under overwhelming enemy fire
  • Chief Petty Officer, USN
  • Rescued 2 wounded sailors and continued manning his post in spite of being injured
  • Took orphaned native American children in and gave them a home

Characteristics

  • Brave / Courageous
  • A good and strong leader
  • Good or moral (strong beliefs or principles)
  • Has integrity (stands up for what they believe and act accordingly)
  • Perseverant / Tenacious (keeps going despite challenges)
  • Decisive
  • Single minded / Focused (has a purpose)
  • Inspiring / Charismatic
  • Determined
  • Ambitious
  • Kind and compassionate
  • Just and fair minded

External link

wikipedia

Quotations

"That damned hero stuff is a bunch [of] crap, I guess. [...] You gotta understand that there's all kinds of heroes, but they never get a chance to be in a hero's position." - John Finn

The only US Navy Aviation Ordnanceman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor

American sailor during WWII

Rescued 2 men from a machine gun nest on Hawaii during the Japanese raid at the outset of WWII, and than manned the machine gun nest and kept firing back at the enemy despite being wounded.

Life in John Finn's world

It would have been challenging. Coming of age during the depression. In his prime during WWII. Its men like John Finn that gives rise to the term "the Greatest Generation".

Was John Finn a Hero?

  • Need I say more? The quotation I provide, IMO is an excellent example of his humility.

Things you might not know about John Finn

After the war and retiring from the Navy. John Finn and his wife settled in California and became foster parents for orphaned Native American children.

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