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Finch (AM 9)



Call sign (1939):
Negat - Afirm - Jig - Prep

ex-Minesweeper No. 9



Call sign (1919):
George - Tare - Sail - Have


Finch served the Navies of the United States and Imperial Japan.

Abandoned 10 April 1942 and sunk 12 January 1945


Lapwing Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 22 August 1917 by the Standard Shipbuilding Co., New York, NY
  • Launched 30 March 1918
  • Commissioned USS Finch, Minesweeper No. 9, 10 September 1918
  • Designated AM-9, 17 July 1920
  • Placed in reduced commission 1 March 1929 at San Pedro, CA
  • Placed in full commission 29 August 1920
  • Damaged 9 April 1942 by near miss from Japanese bomb at Corregidor, Philippines
  • Abandoned to sink 10 April 1942
  • Struck from the Navy Register 8 May 1942
  • Salvaged by the Japanese and renamed IJN Patrol Boat No. 103
  • Sunk 12 January 1945 off Cape Padaran, Indochina by aircraft from Vice Admiral John S. McCain's Task Force 38.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 950 t.
  • Length 187' 10"
  • Beam 35' 6"
  • Draft 9' 10"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 72
  • Armament: Two 3" gun mounts
  • Propulsion: Two Babcock and Wilcox boilers, one triple expansion reciprocating steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Finch 62k From inside a motor whale boat approaching Finch Van Barbre
    via
    John Barbre
    Finch 76k .
    Finch 76k U. S. Navy photo from the Navy Recruitment Bureau, New York Jon Burdett
    Finch 240k c. Early 1920s
    Mare Island Channel
    U. S. Navy photos
    Darryl Baker
    Finch 326k
    Finch 83k 10 January 1939. Tsingtao Harbor, China. James D. McGrew
    Finch/Pigeon 16k 1 October 1939
    Finch towing Pigeon (ASR 6) free after she had run aground. Photo taken from the deck of the Augusta [CL 31]

    Commanding Officers
    01LT John Conrad Lindberg, USN10 September 1918
    02LT Karl Rundquist, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1919)30 October 1918
    03LT Gustav Adolf Curt Leutritz, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1919)1 May 1919
    04LTJG William Hartenstein, USN20 July 1921
    05LCDR Benjamin Perlman, USN13 September 1922
    06LT Laurence Frye Safford, USN13 October 1923 - 1 May 1924
    07LCDR Philip Williamson Yeatman, USN1 May 1924
    08LCDR Alan Withers Ashrook, USN4 October 1927 - 15 December 1928
    09LT John Walton Rogers, USN15 December 1928
    10LT Harry Arthur Rochester, USN21 May 1929
    11LCDR Walter Lucian Taylor, USN28 August 1930 - 1932
    12LT Joseph Francis Dahlgren, USN3 June 1933
    13LCDR Hyman George Rickover, USN - USNA Class of 1922
    Awarded three Navy Distinguished Service Medals - Retired as Admiral
    13 April 1935
    14LT Joyce Allen Ralph, USN14 August 1937
    15LT Benjamin May, II, USN18 September 1938 - 9 July 1939
    16LT Thurlow Weed Davison, USN9 July 1939
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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