National Treasures

such as this are growing more and more scarce.

John Finn (l) and Frank Curry (r), two of the nation's oldest Medal of Honor recipients

John Finn (l) and Frank Curry (r), two of the nation's oldest Medal of Honor recipients

John Finn, Frank Currey and Nick Oresko are members of an exclusive club that tends to shrink when the nation isn’t at war. And of the less than 100 living recipients of the Medal of Honor, Finn is the most exclusive of all, as he nears his 100th birthday.

Finn is the oldest living honoree, a Navy veteran awarded the medal for his actions during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Had the honor of meeting the man a few months ago. Lovely family, lovelier man. Like most of the MOH winners I’ve met, very humble. Thankful for the recognition, but it was “just doing [their] job.”

Considering the times we’re in, the country could use a few more selfless heroes to hold up as shining examples.

Read his story here.

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One Response to National Treasures

  1. TetVet68 says:

    Remember Pearl Harbor — Keep America Alert!

    America’s oldest living Medal of Honor recipient, living his 100th year is former enlisted Chief Petty Officer, Aviation Chief Ordnanceman (ACOM), later wartime commissioned Lieutenant John W. Finn, U. S. Navy (Ret.). He is also the last surviving Medal of Honor, “The Day of Infamy”, Japanese Attack on the Hawaiian Islands, Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, 7 December 1941.

    (Now deceased) ‘Navy Centenarian Sailor’, 103 year old, former enlisted Chief Petty Officer, Aviation Chief Radioman (ACRM, Combat Aircrewman), later wartime commissioned Chief Warrant Officer Julio ‘Jay’ Ereneta, U. S. Navy (Ret.), is a thirty year career veteran of World War One and World War Two. He first flew aircrewman in August 1922; flew rearseat Radioman/Gunner (1920s/1930s) in the tactical air squadrons of the Navy’s first aircraft carriers, USS LANGLEY (CV-1) and USS LEXINGTON (CV-2).

    Visit my photo album tribute to these veteran shipmates and other Pearl Harbor Survivors:

    http://news.webshots.com/album/123286873BFAAiq
    http://news.webshots.com/album/141695570BONFYl

    San Diego, California

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