By lex, on May 28th, 2010
Navy Lieutenant John Finn, our country’s oldest surviving Medal of Honor awardee has stepped into the clearing at the end of the path after a life well lived:**
Despite head wounds and other injuries, Finn, the chief of ordnance for an air squadron, continuously fired a .50-caliber machine gun from an exposed position as bullets and bombs pounded the Naval Air Station at Kaneohe Bay in Oahu. He then supervised the rearming of returning American planes.
“Here they’re paying you for doing your duty, and that’s what I did,” Finn told The Associated Press before his 100th birthday. “I never intended to be a hero. But on Dec. 7, by God, we’re in a war.”
Naval Aviation Ordnanceman, departing. IYAOYAS!
** 10-04-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.