It's about time
11 May 2016
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Roger Finlay finally receives Service Medal at age 90
Roger Owen "Snow" Finlay NZ4314388 has been awarded three medals of honour in recognition of his service to New Zealand during World War II as an Aircraftsman Class 1. Roger has been awarded the Defence Medal, awarded to those who served outside their homeland in non-operational areas or an area subject to air attack, the War Medal 1939-45, awarded to fultime members of the Armed Forces, and the New Zealand War Service Medal, a distinctively New Zealand honour.
Wing Commander Mike Salvador and Warrant Officer David Lee of the RNZAF Base Woodbourne, made a special trip to Woodlands Resthome in Motueka to present Roger with the medals. "I'd like to thank you very much, and apologise that it has taken so long," Mike said. "It's been thoroughly deserved." Roger's children, grandchildren and sister Adalyn Hannen attended the ceremony. "It's lovely, very touching for me," Adalyn said. Daughter Delwyn Bisley said she was excited about the ceremony after overcoming a few nerves. "He always said he didn't want it, but we decided we should do it before it's too late."
RSA Support Officer Clayton Ross, who coordinated the ceremony, said Snow was pretty chuffed. RSA District Suppport Advisor Barry Pont congratulated Roger in finally receiving these medals after all these years. Snow enlisted into the Royal New Zealand Air Force as an Aircraftsman Class 1 on Decemeber 29, 1943. After commencing aircrew training at RNZAF Station Delta in Blenheim, he remustered and continued to serve until September 15 1944 when he embarked for overseas service.
Snow served at the RNZAF Base Depot on Espiritu Santo until his return to New Zealand on April 2 1945. Upon his return he continued to serve at Nelson until his discharge at the end of the war on October 17, 1945. Snow proudly served in defence of New Zealand for one year and 292 days.
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