Aged Warrior: Medal Of Honor Recipient Turning 100

An annual reunion for winners of the Congressional Medal of Honor is coming up in New York state -- along with the 100th birthday of the oldest living recipient.

John Finn, Frank Currey and Nick Oresko are members the exclusive club. The 99-year-old Finn and 83-year-old Currey got together Friday morning to begin a weekend gathering near Albany.

The two men met at a similar reunion in 1946.

Oresko notes the gathering will be during the original date of Memorial Day -- May 30.

Congress in the 1960s moved the Memorial Day observance to the last Monday in May to create a three-day weekend.

The medal is the nation's highest military award for valor. Fewer than 100 recipients are still living.

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  • by TetVet68 Location: San Diego, California on May 29, 2009 at 05:45 PM
    Remember Pearl Harbor -- Keep America Alert! America's oldest living Medal of Honor recipient, living his 100th year is former enlisted Chief Petty Officer, Aviation Chief Ordnanceman (ACOM), later wartime commissioned Lieutenant John W. Finn, U. S. Navy (Ret.). He is also the last surviving Medal of Honor, "The Day of Infamy", Japanese Attack on the Hawaiian Islands, Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, 7 December 1941. Visit my photo album tribute: San Diego, California
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