Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day - #2385 - VIDEO: John Finn: World War II Veteran, Pearl Harbor Survivor (2) Veterans Day Video - Great Americans web site (3) Video: On Veterans Day, Honoring Marine Who Lost Limbs in Afghanistan But Not Spirit - Washington Post

Video Series: The Great Americans - John Finn - World War II Survivor, Pearl Harbor Survivor - Meet John Finn, a veteran of World War II, Pearl Harbor survivor, and a living recipient of the Medal of Honor for his valor on December 7, 1941. Hit by shrapnel in 21 places, the chief remained in control of his ordnance crew, returning fire on Japanese airplanes throughout the entire attack, and only reluctantly seeking medical attention after the first blow of WWII on American shores had finished. Admiral Chester Nimitz presented the Medal of Honor, a ceremony seen during this seven minute interview by the site Great Americans, which tells the story of “ordinary people” who did “extraordinary deeds” in defense of their country:Great Americans also has a stirring tribute to American veterans especially on this day that honors their service:

Be sure to visit the Great Americans site and watch their many fine videos, especially today on Veterans Day. Great Americans Web Site......

On Veteran's Day, honoring Marine who lost limbs in Afghanistan but not spirit - Washington Post. Crystal maneuvered his pants past the carbon fiber feet. Then they fitted the prostheses onto the stumps of Todd's legs.  He put on his tan utility shirt, which she buttoned, attached his artificial left arm and slipped his metal pole crutch onto the stump of his right arm. When he donned his camouflage Marine Corps hat "low on the brow," he was ready.  It was the first time in six months that he had been back in his "cammies" - since the day in March when he had stepped on the explosive device in Afghanistan that tore off his hands and lower legs.  The blast broke his jaw, punctured his ear drums and left him, according to the latest statistics, one of only three men - a soldier and two Marines - from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive an attack as a quadruple amputee.  They now top a grim hierarchy of more than 1,100 military amputees from the two conflicts, which includes 21 people who have lost three limbs, 258 who have lost two and 832 who have lost one.  Nicely's wounds resulted from an explosive encountered on a foot patrol; his survival stemmed from good body armor and quick life-saving actions by comrades.  In the months since his injury, Nicely, 26, has endured numerous surgeries. He has cycled through three kinds of artificial legs and worked with three types of artificial arms.

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