Chief Aviation Ordnanceman John Finn

The 75th commemoration of the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor and other U.S. military facilities on Oahu is an opportunity for us to honor the courage, service and sacrifice of the U.S. military personnel present during the attacks.

Chief Aviation Ordnanceman John Finn was one of them. While under heavy machine gun fire,  Finn manned a .50-caliber machinegun mounted on an instruction stand in a completely exposed section of the parking ramp. Painfully wounded multiple times, he had to be convinced to leave his post. After receiving first aid treatment, he overcame the severe pain of his injuries and returned to the squadron area to supervise the rearming of returning planes.

In this video, Seaman Brian Spaccarelli, an aviation ordnanceman, of shares how Medal of Honor recipient Chief Finn’s toughness, accountability, integrity and initiative has influenced him to honor the past and inspire the future.

U.S. Navy video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Johans Chavarro

Learn more about the Pearl Harbor attack.