It was a beautiful day in Ivyland to have a long over-due welcome home for Sonar Man Finello, US Navy! Family and friends warmly welcomed the Warriors’ Watch and A Hero’s Welcome! Thank you for your hospitality and Daniel, thank YOU for your service!!! Photos and Video below courtesy of Bikerider, thank you Jeff!
Rally Time: 1430 (2:30 PM)
Rally Place: Courtyard at Ivyland, 880 Jacksonville Road, Ivyland PA. (between Bristol and Street roads)
KSU: 1455 (2:55 PM)
Arrival at destination: 3:00 pm (1500)
A Hero’s Welcome received the following request:
“I am writing to inquire about scheduling A Hero’s Welcome event for my grandfather at his upcoming party. My grandfather, Daniel J. Finello, Sr., recently turned 90 years old. We, his family, are hosting a surprise birthday party for him on Saturday, August, 22, 2015.
My grandfather served our country honorably in World War II. He was enlisted from June 1943 – March 1946. He is very proud of military service and told me a lot about his time in the service. He served in the United States Navy as a Sonarman, 3rd Class on the USS Bryant (DD-665). He participated in 9 major campaigns, including Iwo Jima, and countless offensives in the South Pacific.”
Our hero, Daniel J. Finello, Sr. received the following decorations and citations:
World War II Victory Medal and Ribbon
American Campaign Medal and Ribbon
Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (1 Silver and 2 Bronze Stars) and Ribbon
Navy/USCG Unit Commendation Ribbon
Combat Action Ribbon
Honorable Service Lapel Pin (Ruptured Duck)
Philippine Liberation Medal (2 Bronze Stars)
Philippine Liberation Ribbon
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (Navy)
Sonarman 3rd class Finello loves all Philadelphia sports. He never misses watching a Phillies game on TV. He also watches all the Eagles game.
Wow! Chris, we’ll give your grandfather something else to love – a tremendous show of appreciation for his service to our country! You bet we will honor your hero…our hero at his surprise 90th birthday party! As a member of America’s greatest generation, the generations that followed would love to have the opportunity to thank him for his service and for protecting the freedoms that we hold dear.