The first-ever World War II Medal of Honor was given to a Californian. Here’s what he did during the attack on Pearl Harbor

By Kurt Snibbe

The December 7, 1941, Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor lasted about 90 minutes, killing 2,333 American military personnel and wounding 1,139 others.

The initial targets were U.S. airfields, to prevent a U.S. counter-attack by air. The first Medal of Honor awarded in World War II went to a sailor who defended one of those airfields. His name was John William Finn.

A day after the attack the U.S. declared war on Japan.

Chief Finn

Born on July 24, 1909 in Los Angeles, California, Finn was a then-32-year-old chief petty officer in charge of guns and bombs for the planes at Naval [READ MORE HERE]

Source: OC Register

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