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Old 08-12-2009, 16:07
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This is a photo of John Finn, Lt. USN, Retired. He was the honored guest at a ceremony on December 7 sponsored by the Navy and Marine Corps at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base, Hawaii.

On December 7, 1941, he manned a .50 cal machine gun on the runway at Kaneohe, firing at Japanese planes until there were no more around...he is credited, I believe, with shooting one of them down. He was reportedly wounded 32 times, a couple of them serious. He was relieved of duty and sent to the hospital, only to return the next day to help "his boys".

He was the first man nominated for a Medal of Honor in WWII, and the first living recipient of the award in WWII. He is the only Aviation Ordnanceman to receive the award. He is now the only remaining Pearl Harbor Medal of Honor winner and the oldest living MOH winner at 100 years old.

John Finn is the kind of man I admire most in this world.
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You are right Don - John Finn is indeed a great man.
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Yes a great man. The PH survivors are rapidly going to their final rest, as are the WWII MOH recipients.. I know two MOH recipients personally and one is now gone. He was an Army medic on Okinawa. Google "Desmond Doss."
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Hi Don/John,

Your MOH guys are like our VC guys and all other veterans. They grow old and pass on but their memories and deeds live on.

I spent a lot of time in the Museum next to the R&R Centre in Waikiki[?] reading up on Hawaii pre and post PH, very impressive, particularly the MOH Hall.

Two things not PH related that impressed hugely were the "Zipper" highway and that you could ride the bus all day for a "buck".

In the UK you have to wait 65 years to get a "buckfree" bus pass.

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It is with great sadness that I report that John Finn passed away on May 27, 2010. The oldest living Medal of Honor recipient and the last living Pearl Harbor Medal of Honor winner was two months shy of his 101st birthday when he passed at the nursing home in Chula Vista California.

Hawaiian-born Barney F. Hajiro, born in 1916 was the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient. He lived in Waipahu, Hawaii. He won his MOH with the famous 442nd Regimental Combat Team in WWII. His parents were Japanese immigrants who moved from Hiroshima to Maui.

I was privileged to have met John Finn in 2001 at the Arizona Memorial during the 60th Anniversary commemoration of the Pearl Harbor attack. He was one tough old bird, but with a kind heart.
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A sad passing Don. I read about John Finn somewhere and I believe it was in the Museum located on the foreshore close to Waikiki Beach. I think his photo was on the Wall of Honor among all the recipients of the MoH.

May Barney have many more twilight years.

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Dave H:

You are correct in that John Finn is on the wall of honor at the Army Museum on the grounds of Fort DeRussy in Waikiki Beach. Fort DeRussy is famed among the military for being located right in the middle of Waikiki. Now sporting its own hotel, the Hale Koa, the base -- once a mighty gun battery -- has been a recreational spot since the end of the Korean War, I believe, maybe before.

Entrepreneurs have literally offered the Army $100s of millions per acre for the property and all have been politely shown the door, and I hope that trend continues. When I was a lad, there was a snack bar there, and the museum building -- part of the old gun battery -- had shower and locker facilities. They even had lifeguards.

I have heard that the army plans to reconstruct part of the gun battery back to the way it was when built as part of a funded historical project.
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This group of photographs shows some of the personalities associated with the USS Arizona and the Pearl Harbor attack. Photo 1 shows Admiral Chester Nimitz presenting Steward's Mate Doris Miller with the Navy Cross for his bravery aboard the USS West Virginia on December 7th. Doris was killed in 1943 aboard the USS Liscome Bay, and escort carrier torpedoed during the invasion of the Gilbert Islands.

Photo 2 is of Herb Weatherwax and his wife. Herb has been a volunteer at the Arizona Memorial for many years, and a good friend.

Photo 3 is of Don Stratton. On December 7th, he was in the port forward 5" gun director of the USS Arizona. Engulfed in the explosion of the Arizona, he was badly burned but managed to escape the inferno and make his way to the USS Vestal tied up alongside. He was the only person from that far forward in the ship to survive. This past December 7th, he placed a wreath aboard the Arizona Memorial on behalf of all the remaining Arizona survivors.

Photo 4 shows Bill and Ruth Cope, newlyweds on the day of Pearl Harbor. The were both on Hickam Air Base that morning. Both Bill and Ruth were volunteers at the Memorial for many years, and both just recently passed away. I miss them both a lot, they made quite a team talking about their wartime experiences.

Photo 5 is one of a series of famous photos of the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. It shows General Yoshijuro Umezu, Chief of the Japanese Imperial General Staff, signing the surrender documents as the representative of the Imperial Army. Although he had been instrumental in keeping "Army hotheads" from staging a coup prior to the surrender, he went home after the ceremony and killed himself.

Photo 6 is an appropriate close to the museum exhibits, showing the famous Genbaku dome in Hiroshima in August of 1945. The dome is preserved today as part of a memorial to the atomic bomb attack. It was only a few hundred feet away from ground zero.
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Thanks for the insider's tour, Don. Very interesting!
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Thank you Don...As usual ...Top pictures and commentary...BZ...
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I am new here to the forum I am a retired Cheif boatswain Mate I served 33 years to my beloved country I love the navy and wished i was still in. I am 71 years young. My Father and his brother my late uncle John was on the Oklahoma when she took 3 torpedo hits on the portside, My Father survived my uncle john didn,t he was a Machinist Mate second class, My father was a gunners Mate 2nd class. when i here disrespect to the men who gave there lives in honer of duty for our country, It is the fighting side of me, there is a lot of good reading here I really am enjoying this thread a lot facts of the Arizona I never realized, A hardy Well done, Shipmates to show respect for the Arizona I will post a couple pictures of my Arizona scratch build I done 30 years ago I soloute you fine sailors.

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Franklin, Thanks for the your service and that of your father and uncle. If you have not, read my web page, link is in my sig.

The Oklahoma family is very close to me. I was at the dedication of the Oklahoma Memorial on Dec 7, 2007.
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A BIG THANK YOU to Don as well as others who have contributed to this thread. Being retired service member after 20 years of service, This event in history bears retelling the events of those days and for all of us to remember and give thanks to those who did served and gave there lives in the service of there country.


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Old 31-12-2010, 21:20
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A most thoughtful post, Charles, and thank you. Thanks also to those who have posted on this thread. A safe and happy New Year to all of you and best wishes for the coming year. I will be following up this thread with the photos I took of the Arizona and Akagi models on the modelling thread as soon as I can get to it. Right now, however, I do believe it's party time!
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Facts from "Deadline Every Minute" The Story of United Press- edited-dsl

(Two days early but may not be able to post on Wednesday)

Frank Tremaine,a top executive of The UP (later UPIe),died aged 92 on December 7th 2006,exactly 65 years after Pearl Harbour.

As the young Manager of the UP news bureau in Honolulu, in 1941, Frank and his wife Kay, lived on a hill with panoramic views looking down onto Pearl Harbour in the distance.

The noise of anti-aircraft fire woke Frank up at 8.am-on Dec.7th 1941, he figured "another practice session" and turned over in bed,but leapt out on realizing it was Sunday when no practices took place. From his window the sky seemed to be full of unfamiliar planes, and the United States greatest naval bastion was exploding under thick clouds of smoke before his eyes.

In the next few minutes Frank made a number of phone calls.to the Army at Fort Shafter and to the Navy Public Relations to confirm the planes were Japanese then sent cables with his news flashes to Singapore and Manila, called his assistant to the bureau,dressed and went out leaving his wife to relay his reports ,and her own to the UP.

Frank's news report was the first to reach the world on the Pearl Harbour attack and was only beaten by a few minutes by FDR's broadcast to the nation.

Frank's coverage has since been much publicized in the media and there are many postings on Google with the best summing up probably within "Frank Tremaine" (obit by UPI).

Frank later became one of my bosses and a friend who gave me much help and encouragement in my early days with UP/UPI in Europe.

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Frank Tremaine became quite a big wheel in the NEWS business from Pearl Harbor to the end of the war and beyond-starting with two staff he ultimately controlled 30 by war's end.A good man to have as your boss as well as your friend Derek-doesn't often happen !!
A very full and interesting life.

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It is now 70 years since the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor by the six aircraft carriers of the Japanese First Air Fleet on December 7, 1941. One of the most well-documented and photographed of naval battles, subject of countless books, movies, TV specials, forums and blogs, the events of December 7th 1941 still remain events most symbolic of the price of political and military unpreparedness for war, particularly the former – even, in my estimation, after 911. The revisionist views of post war historians with political or sociological axes to grind have long since been put to rest by far more accurate and relevant unbiased historical research and analysis bolstered by translations of official Japanese records, as have much of the controversies surrounding code-breaking, the surprise of the attack and the “blame” meted out to those deemed responsible.

We are now more comfortable as a nation in our views of the causes and effects of the battle that initiated a war covering an area larger than all the land masses on Earth combined, and that came very close to utterly destroying Japan as a nation and as a people; not, as some have stated, because of any revengeful motivation on the part of the American people but because of the obdurate refusal of the Japanese ruling military class to surrender to the obvious for no other reason than the loss of face it would have involved for both themselves and the Showa Emperor. History has few, if any, examples of worse reasoning to avoid surrender and certainly no worse consequences of such a refusal.

Seventy years on, across the Pacific, Japan, while recognizing that a war did occur, still continues to deny responsibility, whenever possible, for their role in the atrocities committed on the Asian nations they attempted to conquer during the war and their treatment of prisoners of war and “comfort” women. Their educational system still avoids opening the past conduct of Japan's Imperial military to the honest scrutiny of historical scholarship and study. This stain on national honor and on the reign of the Showa Emperor, initiated by the attack on Pearl Harbor, remains highly visible to all who study the history of war and politics and cannot be erased by mere lack of acknowledgement, particularly when the records of such actions are clearly and indelibly recorded in the government records not only of the victorious nations in that great conflict, but in those of Japan as well.

Our surviving veterans of the attack, as well as those of Japan, are far fewer now, but many of their memories and all of the bravery and sacrifice on both sides remain indelibly recorded and the lessons learned are as powerful and relevant to the human condition today as ever. Pearl Harbor will never be forgotten.

Here are a some photographs to honor the fallen and those who survived that day.

1. The explosion of the USS Arizona around 8:05 am, a frame from a color movie taken by a doctor aboard the USS Solace just to the north and west of the Arizona. A black and white film clip was made from this movie and unintentionally “flipped” when it was first spliced into wartime newsreels, and error not corrected until many years later because the assumption was that the film was taken from the shore east of the Arizona's anchorage. (The major detonation extends out and to the right in correct versions, not to the left.) The enormous black cloud of smoke over the Arizona, often attributed to “a bomb down the stack” is actually the result of the major armored bulkheads between turret 2 and the boiler rooms being ripped loose and blown backwards into the ship, crushing the boilers and exhaust vents and eventually causing the collapse of the bridge structure above, and indication of the force of the explosion that killed 1177 crewmen in just a few seconds.
2. A photograph of the Arizona on December 10, 1941 after the fires had gone out. Pearl Harbor survivor Don Stratton managed to escape from the port forward 5” gun fire control director prominently visible in this photograph (to the right of the bridge in the photo). He was the only survivor from that far forward in the ship. Don is still alive today. (It was a copy of this photograph, given to me by a veteran when I was 14 year old, that started my interest in Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific.)
3. A fragment of the USS Arizona taken from surviving pieces of the mess deck stored ashore in Pearl Harbor, a presentation from the Chief Historian of the National Park Service's Arizona Memorial staff when I left the Park Service in 2002.
4. The flag over the USS Arizona Memorial. The flag flies continuously and is lowered to half mast every December 7th. You can purchase flags flown from a separate halyard on this flagpole from the Pacific Historic Parks Association and, I believe, the Naval Rerserve Association. (I have one, and it will be used when I pass on to staff duty with the Supreme Commander.)
5. The forward leg of the USS Arizona's mainmast. The flagpole of the Arizona Memorial is attached to this mast remnant, not to the Memorial structure itself, so that the flag still flies from aboard the USS Arizona. For this reason, their will probably not be another ship named for the state of Arizona.
6. An overhead view of the USS Arizona and its Memorial today. Oil leaking from various points on the ship are quite visible in this photograph. Arizona's bow is to the right in the photograph.
7. A view of the Memorial at night, taken in 2006 (official US Navy photograph).
8. The Arizona Memorial's wall listing all 1177 navy and marine casualties on the USS Arizona. This year marks the beginning of a complete renovation of the Memorial structure that includes removing and renovating this section; several misspellings of names and incorrect listings of rank will be corrected. (A smaller section of this structure lists all those who have chosen to be interred with their shipmates since 1941. Any Arizona survivor who was on board the ship on December 7th has the right to be interred aboard in the barbette of turret 4. Surviviors who were crew of the Arizona on December 7th, but not on board that morning, may have their ashes scattered from the Memorial.) Not well known is the fact that all those killed on December 7th are also memorialized and honored at the Arizona Memorial. The shoreside facilities list all casualities, including those civilians killed that day.
9. The USS Chaffee, DDG-90, rendering honors as she passes the USS Arizona on December 7, 2010. All ships entering Pearl Harbor render honors to the Arizona as they pass and there is a special event such as this every December 7th. During this ceremony, the designated ship makes a complete pass around Ford Island, thus honoring all those ships lost and damaged that day and, of course, their crews, living and dead.
10. A view from the shoreside Arizona Memorial facilities showing the USS Missouri Memorial, the USS Arizona Memorial and the famous control tower on Ford Island. The Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island is currently having the tower completely renovated and preserved, and are still raising funds for the project.
11. A section of the USS Oklahoma Memorial. There are 422 white posts, aligned as if at inspection, listing the names of all the Oklahoma's casualties and several granite plaques and walls honoring the history of the battleship which had the second highest death toll during the attack. Forum member John Odom has made several fine posts on the Oklahoma, a ship dear to his heart. Oklahoma was salvaged from the mud of Pearl Harbor, stripped of usable equipment and towed off to be scrapped. The ship broke loose from the towing vessel in a storm and sank some 900 miles northeast of Hawaii, a far more fitting end than scrapping.
12. The USS Utah and its Memorial on the west side of Ford Island, honoring her 57 casualties.
13. A view of the USS Utah as she is today. During the attack, she was torpedoed and capsized to port. Originally, the plan was to salvage the ship, and righting gear similar to that used on the Oklahoma was placed for the purpose; instead the ship was just rolled over to starboard and pulled in closer to shore to clear the channel. A story related about the Utah is that one of her sailors had lost an infant daughter shortly before the attack, and had her ashes on board to be cast on the sea. She now rests for all eternity in good and honored company.

God bless all those who sacrificed all they had that day, and all those who remain with us. Fair winds and following seas. For my dear friends Dick Fiske, Zenji Abe and Bill and Ruth Cope, you are missed very much, but it is also comforting to know that you are all now blessed with eternal peace.
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My sincere thanks for your extremely moving tribute to honour the fallen; and the beautiful photography that you have put together- for our and the survivors' appreciation- of your view of the Day of Infamy. Quite magnificent!!
PS Don as matter of interest, how would you "rate" Operation Barbarossa with Pearl Harbor in terms of Infamy???I hasten to add that I do not mean to diminish in any way- the importance of Pearl Harbor
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I too wanted to pay tribute to all those who lost their lives on December the 7th, 70 years ago, and I thought it would be fitting to get my Photoshop overalls on and re-create Allen Sallburg's 1942 poster. I am sure he wouldn't mind.

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Day of Infamy indeed!!!!

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Dave,

Like all the guys and girls who died at the hands of the Japanese during WWII or since from their resulting injuries or treatment who will remain in our hearts.

I have taken the liberty of printing your post #20 to accompany Don Boyer's post #17 which I am presenting to our Branch of the Far East Prisoners of War Association.

AS always your research is always welcome.

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Jim, re Operation Barbarossa, while it was indeed a stab in the back to a supposed "friend" by treaty definition, it could hardly match Pearl Harbor as a "surprise". The Sorge spy ring in Tokyo and several other of Stalin's NKVD and other apparatchiks had good, solid information on exactly what Hitler intended to do, and roughly when (not my strong suit historically re Russia, so this may be a bit off, but I do know "the word" was out!) Stalin chose to not believe his own intelligence people in his usual fashion of being infallible. One notes his infallibility increased in direct proportion to the number of witnesses executed for crimes against Mother Russia.
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Thank you Don for taking the time to answering my, perhaps "odd"; query-I did however feel that there were certain parallels- regarding what was KNOWN by the "innocent" power in each case ie USA and USSR- so I thought that I would put it to you.
After reading the posts in the Stark Memorandum Affair some time back-I did get the impression that PH too- was not a complete "surprise"
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For those interested, MSNBC.com today has a fairly complete (over one hour) video of today's commemorative ceremonies at Pearl Harbor on the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which I attended. I've been to many of these ceremonies, and the one this year was particularly well done, for which the National Park Service and US Navy and Marines deserve great credit. There were about 120 Pearl Harbor veterans in attendance this year, all of whom were recognized at the wreath laying ceremonies for their ships and stations involved that day so long ago.

Sadly, the Vice President of the Pearl Harbor Survivor's Association, former Marine Mal Middlesworth, announced that effective December 31 of this year, the association is disbanding its corporate entity due to the increasing age and infirmities of the remaining members, although the social organization itself will continue until the last survivor has passed.

The speech by the Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, despite slight mis-quotes of both President Roosevelt and Admiral Nimitz, was very well done; Mr. Middlesworth's words to the audience were particularly relevant. I hope our forum members will have the chance to see this presentation.
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December 7, 2011

Hello, I've just returned from the local remembrance of this day's event. Seventy years does not stick out much in physical time in Earth's scheme of things, it is, however, a pile of time to the course of our lives.

The chairs which filled the front rows of memorium held at the library stood vacant, the prior occupants off to fill other spaces in the line, elsewhere. The coffee and cookies were there, presented by those same stolid bodies as have been through the years, the skin a bit more rugged, the hair slightly bluer in shade. Some mc announced that the event would be memorialized by a showing of John Ford's "They Were Expendable.", the lights lowered and stock footage of PT boats and the Cavite Yard filled the wall as the Hollywood product rolled on. A small explaination of the attack on Pearl was described by one of the actors as some sort of tithe on the alter of freedom. Well, myself, I'd describe it as a bit of malfeasence allowed to occur. Between the non-adherance to 1925's Pact of Locarno in Europe and the inability of some area commanders to stretch their output for reconaissance in the Pacific prior to the attack, events transpired as they did.

It's raining here in Florida as I set this down. Regards
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