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Navy destroyer named for Pearl Harbor hero to be commissioned here

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    The guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John Finn (DDG 113) was launched in March 2015. The destroyer will be commissioned July 15 at Pearl Harbor, the Navy said today.

A new destroyer named after Dec. 7, 1941, hero Chief John Finn will be commissioned July 15 at Pearl Harbor, the Navy said today.

“During the first attack by Japanese airplanes on Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay, (Finn) manned a .50-caliber machine gun in an exposed section under heavy enemy machine gun fire,” the Navy said in a release. “Although wounded, it was only by specific orders he vacated his post to seek medical attention. Following first aid treatment, he returned to the squadron area and actively supervised the rearming of returning planes.”

The chief aviation ordnanceman’s bravery earned him the first Medal of Honor awarded in World War II.

John Finn is the 63rd Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. The keel was laid down in the spring of 2014. The ship was launched March 30, 2015, and christened May 2, 2015 during a ceremony at the Ingalls Shipbuilding facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

The ship will be based in San Diego, the Navy said.

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