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    100 year old Medal of Honor recipient downplays talk of heroism

    The citation for his Medal of Honor tells that part of his story:
    "He continued to man this gun and to return the enemy's fire vigorously and with telling effect throughout the enemy strafing and bombing attacks and with complete disregard for his own personal safety. It was only by specific orders that he was persuaded to leave his post to seek medical attention. Following first-aid treatment, although obviously suffering much pain and moving with great difficulty, he returned to the squadron area and actively supervised the rearming of returning planes," the citation stated.
    With Japanese still attacking, getting his wounds treated wasn't a priority, Finn said.
    "Medical help comes later. If you're busy shooting a machine gun or a rifle or a pistol or doing anything, you can't worry about getting medical attention," he explained.
    Less than a year later, Finn, out of the hospital and recovered from his wounds, was back on duty with the Navy in Hawaii. Adm. Chester Nimitz presented Finn with the Medal of Honor for his bravery, joining the ranks of the men, and one woman, recognized with the nation's highest award for heroism.
    These days most medals are awarded at the White House, but with the war heating up, such a long trip was out of the question. In fact, his first visit to the White House came in the spring when President Obama invited him for a visit.
    Back at his ranch, Finn bristled when asked about being called a "hero."
    "That damned hero stuff is a bunch crap, I guess. Well, it is one thing that I think any man that is in that, you gotta be in that position," Finn said. "You gotta understand that there's all kinds of heroes, but they never get a chance to be in a hero's position."
    Fewer than 100 men who have received the Medal of Honor are alive today. More than half of them are expected in Chicago this week for the annual Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention. But because they are all veterans of World War II, Korea or Vietnam, their ranks are shrinking every year.

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    Oldest Medal of Honor recipient, 100, downplays 'hero' talk - CNN.com

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    Most recipients will downplay their role. They did what they had to do at that time.


    But he is still a Hero wether he likes it or not
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgg View Post
    Most recipients will downplay their role. They did what they had to do at that time.


    But he is still a Hero wether he likes it or not
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    What is sad is that most modern recipients are all dead.

    I'm certain there are many who still walk who earned that award.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maclean View Post
    What is sad is that most modern recipients are all dead.

    I'm certain there are many who still walk who earned that award.
    Yes, unfortunatly it seems that the process this day has an unwritten requirment of KIA.
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    Most true heroes are the humblest of people .They saw something that needed to be done and did it regardless of risk. They assume anyone would have done the same thing in their position. They assume wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    Most true heroes are the humblest of people .They saw something that needed to be done and did it regardless of risk. They assume anyone would have done the same thing in their position. They assume wrong.
    I know what you mean. I know of a few that fit in that position.


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    Quote Originally Posted by maclean View Post
    What is sad is that most modern recipients are all dead.

    I'm certain there are many who still walk who earned that award.
    Our current president and congress are too busy apologizing to our enemies to be awarding medals to those that fight them with bravery and skill.
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    -Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"

    Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    Our current president and congress are too busy apologizing to our enemies and kissing their backsides to be awarding medals to those that fight them with bravery and skill.
    Sorry, I had to add something there.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    Our current president and congress are too busy apologizing to our enemies to be awarding medals to those that fight them with bravery and skill.
    The nomination train is public.

    Although I do not disagree, the fact is the officers who nominate the award need to do so more often.
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