SURFPAC Chief Selectees Pay Tribute to WWII MOH Recipient
As part of CPO 365 Phase II training, Chief Petty Officer Selectees from the staff of Commander Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) traveled to Campo, Calif. today to visit the grave of Navy Lt. John William Finn. Finn received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. The Chief Selectees recited the Sailor’s Creed at Finn’s graveside and took time to clean his headstone.
As a chief aviation ordnanceman stationed at Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Finn earned the Medal of Honor for manning a machine gun from an exposed position throughout the attack, despite being repeatedly wounded. At the time of his death in May 2010, Finn was the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient and the last living recipient from the attack on Pearl Harbor.
*Photos by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Donnie Ryan