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|7k||William Michael Finnegan was born 18 April 1897 in Bessemer, Mich. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on 22 October 1917, and served continuously, rising to Chief Radio
Electrician on 08 November 1929. His last of many responsible assignments ashore and afloat was in USS Oklahoma (BB 37), to which he reported 30 August 1941. Appointed
ensign on 18 November 1941, William Finnegan was killed in action when Oklahoma was sunk in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 07 December 1941.)
USS Finnegan (DE 307) (1944-1945) was the first ship named in his honor.
(Photo from The Official Web Site of the USS Oklahoma BB 37 thanks to Kevin King)
|181k||22 July 1943: Stern view of USS Finnegan on the building ways at Mare Island. USS Creamer (DE 308) is on the building ways to the right.
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-307-4818-43)
PNCM, USNR (ret.)
Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
|167k||22 July 1944: Bow view of Finnegan on the building ways. Creamer is on the building ways to the left. Another Mare Island unidentified
DE is in the background to the right.
(US Navy Photo #DE-307-4821-43)
|106k||25 July 1944: Milton L. McInnis and G. J. Nible were honorary keel layers for USS Finnegan (DE 307).
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-307-4894-43)
|124k||22 February 1944: Distinguished guests at the launching of Finnegan at Mare Island. Left to right: Mrs. M. S. Tisdale, Mr. L. M. Brown, Mrs. Charles
Schroeder (Sponsor), Radm M. S. Tisdale (Shipyard Commandant), Miss Schroeder, Capt. G. C. Klein (Captain of the Yard), Mr. T. F. Finnegan, Mr. H. J. Finnegan, Mrs. Marian Bechtal (Matron of
Honor), Mrs. H. J. Finnegan, Mrs. L. M. Brown, and Mr. W. E. Finnegan.
(US Navy Photo #DE-307-1811-43)
|92k||22 February 1944: Mrs. Charles Schroeder, the sponsor of Finnegan is holding the christening bottle and standing at the bow of the ship with Mrs.
Marian Bechtal, Matron of Honor.
(US Navy Photo #DE-307-1178-44)
|91k||22 February 1944: Finnegan at the end of the ways at her launching.
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-307-1184-44)
|50k||22 February 1944: Finnegan is seen immediately after her launching.
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-307-1232-44)
|137k||25 July 1944: Aft plan view of Finnegan at her outfitting berth.
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-307-4203-44)
|115k||25 July 1944: Forward plan view of Finnegan at her outfitting berth.
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-307-4204-44)
|100k||22 August 1944: Broadside view of radar antenna arrangement aboard Finnegan at Mare Island.
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-307-5401-44)
|92k||22 August 1944: Bow view view of radar antenna arrangement aboard Finnegan at Mare Island.
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-307-5402-44)
|88k||22 August 1944: Stern view of radar antenna arrangement aboard Finnegan at Mare Island.
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-307-5403-44)
|121k||21 September 1944: off Mare Island - Starboard forward quarter view of Finnegan.
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-307-5494-44)
|138k||24 September 1944: Bow on view of Finnegan off Mare Island.
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-307-5497-44)
|119k||24 September 1944: Broadside view of Finnegan off Mare Island.
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-307-5499-44)
|112k||24 September 1944: Stern view of Finnegan off Mare Island.
(U.S. Navy Photo #DE-307-5501-44)
|496k||01 September 1944: off Vallejo, Cal. - A starboard beam view of Finnegan taken near the Mare Island Navy Yard.
(U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-307 19-N-131514 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of Chris Wright)
|View the USS Finnegan (DE 307) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.|
|Finnegan's Commanding Officer
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officer|
|1.) 19 Aug. 1944 - 27 Nov. 1945||Lcdr. Huston Huffman, USNR (Albany, N.Y.)|
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