Profile: Naval History and Heritage

The Naval History and Heritage Command, located at the Washington Navy Yard, is an Echelon II command responsible for the preservation, analysis, and dissemination of U.S. Naval history and heritage.
It is composed of 42 facilities in 13 geographic locations, including:
• Navy Library
• 10 Museums and 1 Heritage Center
• USS Constitution and associated repair facility (at the time of inspection)
• Historic ship Nautilus
The Naval History and Heritage Command's lineage dates back to 1800 with the founding of the Navy Department Library by President John Adams, and form a rich history in themselves.
The Director of Naval History is the head of the Naval History & Heritage Command. Captain Henry J. Hendrix II, USN (PhD) is the present Director of Naval History.

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Pearl Harbor MOH: “I Could See Their Faces” Pt 1

Dec. 7, 1941 started like any other Sunday morning for John Finn and his wife. They were at their apartment about a mile from the hangar where Finn, then 32, worked as the chief aviation ordnanceman with a PBY Catalina flying boat squadron on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.
Then suddenly they heard gunfire.
(Editors Note: This is Part I of a three part series featuring John Finn and brief information of other Medal of Honor recipients following the Dec. 7, 1941 attacks on Pearl Harbor.)

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Pearl Harbor MOH: “I Could See Their Faces” Pt 2

On Sept. 15, 1942, Finn received the first Medal of Honor for World War II, the only combat Medal of Honor out of the 15 Medal recipients from the Pearl Harbor attack. The rest were for rescue attempts.
Of the 15, 10 received their Medals posthumously.
Editors Note: This is Part II of a three part series blog featuring John Finn and brief information of other Medal of Honor recipients following the Dec. 7, 1941 attacks on Pearl Harbor. To begin with Part 1, please click here

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Pearl Harbor MOH Recipients: Part 3

On Sept. 15, 1942, Chief Aviation Ordnanceman John Finn received the first Medal of Honor for World War II, the only combat Medal of Honor out of the 15 Medal recipients from the Pearl Harbor attack. The rest were for rescue attempts. Of the 15, 10 received their Medals posthumously.
Listed below are images and the 15 citation for the Sailors who earned the Medal of Honor for actions taken during the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor.
Editors Note: This is the final part of a three part series blog featuring John Finn and other Medal of Honor recipients following the Dec. 7, 1941 attacks on Pearl Harbor. To begin with Part 1, please click here

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The Attack on Pearl Harbor

The 7 December 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor was one of the great defining moments in history. A single carefully-planned and well-executed stroke removed the United States Navy's battleship force as a possible threat to the Japanese Empire's southward expansion. America, unprepared and now considerably weakened, was abruptly brought into the Second World War as a full combatant.
The U.S. Fleet's Pearl Harbor base was reachable by an aircraft carrier force, and the Japanese Navy secretly sent one across the Pacific with greater aerial striking power than had ever been seen on the World's oceans. Its planes hit just before 8AM on 7 December.
Department of Defense 50th Anniversary of World War II Commemorative Committee. Pearl Harbor: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Chronicle, "A Grateful Nation Remembers" 1941-1991. Washington: The Committee, 1991.

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