John William Finn, the last survivor of the 15 Navy veterans who received the Medal of Honor for heroism during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, died on May 27 at the Veterans Home of California in Chula Vista. Finn, who retired from the Navy in 1956 with the rank of Lieutenant, was 100 years old.
Finn was a Chief Petty Officer and chief aviation ordnanceman, in command of a 20-man unit whose primary responsibility was to maintain the weapons of a PBY Catalina “flying boat” aircraft squadron at the Kaneohe Bay Naval Air Station, Hawaii.
An 88-year-old Navy veteran of World War II is once again flying the American flag outside his apartment in Hillsborough, NH after the company managing the complex had forbidden the display. Joe Levangie and other residents of Maple Leaf Village were told flying their flags was a violation of management policy. A letter from EJL Management said the ban followed a policy that also prohibits lawn ornaments and grills on the property grounds. Levangie reluctantly took down his flag and then a maintenance crew removed the brackets and holder.