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Medal of Honor winner visits

Back in the cafE, with his unhurried manner of speaking and quick laugh, its difficult to imagine Finn, more than 60 years younger, firing rounds at the Japanese planes however he offered up an explanation of his actions on that day.

"It was just part of the deal," said Finn, who enlisted in the Navy in 1926, at the age of 17. During World War II, Finn served as an ensign and eventually a lieutenant aboard the USS Hancock. He retired from the Navy as a lieutenant in 1956.

Forty years since his retirement, a resident of California, Finn assured his well-wishers that he was still ticking.

"I feel fine," said Finn. "I couldn't feel any better if you paid me."

Since its inception in the 19th century, 3,461 servicemen and women have been the recipient of a Medal of Honor. Finn was one of 464 men to have been issued one during World War II.

Altamont resident Linda Cure said when she heard Finn would be in town, she had to come out and meet him.

"I think it's really an honor to have him here," she said.""

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