USS John Finn Commissioning

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Celebrate the commissioning of the USS John Finn at Pearl Harbor! Stay tuned for more details about the event.

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About the future USS John Finn
The future USS John Finn is the 63rd Arleigh Burke class destroyer, and the first of the DDG 51 Flight IIA restart ships. The destroyer was named in honor of Lt. John William Finn, a Chief Petty Officer who served at Naval Air Station Kanoehe Bay, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941 during the Japanese air raid that struck that facility and others on Oahu. 

While under heavy machine gun fire, chief aviation ordinance man 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.

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