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USS Finch (DE 328)
Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - M - D
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Dayton"
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon - China Service Medal
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Third Row: World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ star
Fourth Row: Vietnam Service Medal w/ 6 stars - Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 8 / 201
Finch (DE 328) Building and Operational Data:
29 June 1943: Keel laid at the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
28 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Grace Cushing, fiancee of Lieutenant (junior grade) Finch
13 December 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr Albert H. Nienau, USNR, in command
4 October 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
21 August 1951: Loaned to USCG and Recommissioned WDE 428 at Green Cove Springs, Fla., Cdr G. R. Boyce, Jr., USCG, in command
23 April 1954: Returned USN and Decommissioned at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Cal.
1 October 1955: Conversion to DER commenced at Mare Island Naval Shipyard
17 August 1956: Reclassified as DER 328, Recommissioned, Lcdr James K. Athow in command, assigned to Escort Squadron 5 at Seattle, Wash.
16 September 1958: Homeport reassigned to Pearl Harbor, Hi.
22 May 1960: Homeport reassigned to Treasure Island, San Francisco, Cal.
29 June 1965: Homeport reassigned to Guam, as a unit of Escort Squadron 7
15 January 1969: Homeport reassigned to Pearl Harbor, Hi.
3 October 1969: Decommissioned at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash.
1 February 1974: Stricken from the NVR
27 September 1974: Sold for scrapping to the Levin Metals Corp., San Jose, Cal.
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||5 March 1954: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Cal. - USCG Finch (WDE 428) at Mare Island. She was in overhaul at the yard from 7 January to 16 April 1954. (U.S. Navy photo #DE 328 20362-3-54)
||undated image as WDE 428
||Photo of Lcdr James Keith Athow first commanding officer of USS Finch as DER 328. (US Navy photo #DER 328 30290-7-56)
||17 August 1956: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Cal. - Commissioning ceremonies for USS Finch (DER 328) at Mare Island. She was converted to her DER configuration at the yard from 1 October 1955, to 12 October 1956. (U.S. Navy photo #DER 328 30746-8-56)
||17 August 1956: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Cal. - Radm John R. Redman (Commandant 12th Naval District) is seen at the microphone as the main speaker at the commissioning of Finch. (U.S. Navy photo #DER 328 30749-8-56)
||17 August 1956: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Cal. - Lcdr James Keith Athow reads his orders at the commissioning of Finch. (U.S. Navy photo #DER 328 30751-8-56)
||17 August 1956: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Cal. - View of the fantail of Finch during her commissioning ceremonies. USS Durant (DER 389) is seen in the background. (U.S. Navy photo #DER 328 30748-8-56)
||28 August 1956: San Francisco Bay off Vallejo, Cal. - Port bow photo of Finch off Mare Island. (U.S. Navy photo #DER 328 30889-8-56)
||28 August 1956: San Francisco Bay off Vallejo, Cal. - Port beam photo of Finch off Mare Island. (U.S. Navy photo #DER 328 30890-8-56)
||March 1966: Finch alongside USS Dixie (AD 14) at Kaoshiung, Taiwan. USS Piedmont (AD 17) is in the background. (Photo © Richard Leonhardt)
||circa 1967 - 68
Captain, USN (Ret.)
USS Finch MPA/DCA
||1968: Guam - Finch, moored inboard of USCGC Minnetonka (WHEC67).
View the USS Finch (DE328) DANFS history entry
located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
28 September - 2 October 2009
a cruise on the Celebrity Mercury from Seattle, Wash.
USS Finch DE328 / DER328, USCGC Finch WDE428
Contact for ship history, reunions, crew list, both found and deceased
Contact Name: Robert Bumbulucz
Address: 1443 Porch Swing Lane / Matthews NC 28104
E-mail: rbumbulucz at carolina.rr.com
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USS Finch Website
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Finch
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