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Soldiers Receive Medal of Honor

Navy Lieutenant John Finn Navy Lieutenant John Finn

By Roger Mari

PEARL HARBOR (KHNL) -- A military golf course on Oahu includes an important history lesson and honors some of the finest of America's fighting forces.

Only 108 soldiers have received the medal of honor, including 15 who fought during the attack on Pearl Harbor 66 years ago.

The Navy Marine golf course at Pearl Harbor has a distinct history connected to World War Two.

"This acreage was bought by the navy right after December 7, 1941 and used as a staging area for deploying sailors and marines going out to battle in the pacific as well as a quonset hut hospital for the returning wounded," said Todd Nicely of Navy Golf Courses Hawaii.

Across the course, 5-foot-high granite tee markers have been installed to honor the 15 medal of honor recipients from the attack on Pearl Harbor. Navy Lieutenant John Finn was one of those soldiers. He recalls the day he was wounded by a blast of shrapnel.

"It went in my thumb and my elbow, they were the worst ones I had because they hurt like hell," said John Finn.

Lieutenant Finn is the last surviving medal of honor recipient from the Pearl Harbor attack. He was honored with the unveiling of his tee marker on the 4th hole.

"We were so lucky and so blessed and so grateful that he was able to come out today and we unveiled his marker," said Todd Nicely.

Lieutenant Finn has also earned, the purple heart, american defense service medal, and World War Two victory medal.

At 98 years old, John Finn is the oldest of all living medal of honor recipients and the first to receive one for fighting in World War Two.

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