In RADM Cox' view the sea battles that took place off Guadalcanal in mid-November 1942 are the most epochal in the history of the United States Navy, replete with examples of extreme valor in the face of overwhelming odds in which few other battles can compare. The end result, at staggering cost, was a decisive victory for the U.S. Navy.
In keeping with its mission, the Naval Order is proud to gift to the USS John Finn (DDG 113) a bust of Chief John William Finn who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Japanese attack on the Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay on 7 December 1941.
Greater Norfolk’s dramatic history and the history of our country began in 1607 when three ships of English settlers landed near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Today, the past and present are intertwined in the sights and sounds of a modern city that solidly embraces its 400-year old roots. The 2017 1st Marine Division Reunion program will provide the opportunity to return to your ship as well as experience the area’s history, modern day revitalization and strong military presence.
A successful author of military thrillers and companion of the Naval Order of the United States, John J. Gobbell was featured on the blog of the University of Southern California's Dornsife School of Letters