Deck Drawings

Whether it’s a single letter or a 100-foot greeting, aircraft carrier crews stand ready to spell it out

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Honoring John Finn

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During a deployment for a joint exercise in the Gulf of Alaska in June 2009, crew members of the weapons department on the USS John C. Stennis honor John Finn on his 100th birthday. Finn was the last survivor of 15 men who earned the Medal of Honor for heroism during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Naval Ordnanceman Finn saw Japanese aircraft flash by the window of his apartment, sped to the airfield and grabbed a .30-caliber machine gun, blazing at enemy aircraft for two and a-half hours while suffering multiple wounds from shrapnel and strafing. Finn died in May 2010.


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