As a Chief Petty Officer 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, Chief Finn’s heroism and bravery earned him the first Medal of Honor to be awarded in World War II.
The future USS John Finn is the 63rd Arleigh Burke class destroyer, and the first of the DDG 51 Flight IIA restart ships. Finn will provide increased capabilities over previous flights of Arleigh Burke destroyers, including advances in anti-submarine warfare, command and control, and anti-surface warfare.
We need your help
The Commissioning Ceremony itself is fully funded by the Navy. However the commemorative events surrounding the commissioning are sponsored by the Navy League of the United States, Honolulu Council. Your contributions will enable us to conduct these celebratory events that honor the ship, her crew and reflect pride in the honor, courage and commitment of John Finn.