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|34k||Joseph Warren Finch, Jr. was born in Chicago, Ill. on 08 March 1920. He graduated from University City Senior High School in suburban St. Louis. During his senior year,
he was the Missouri state champion in the 120-yard high hurdles. His winning time of 15.1 seconds set a new Missouri state record. He graduated from Northwestern University in
June 1941. He placed third in the Big Ten high-hurdles race, and was elected by his teammates captain of the Northwestern track team. He was also selected as the outstanding Naval
ROTC cadet, and accepted a commission in the U.S. Navy in May 1941, 6 months before Pearl Harbor. He was killed in action in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on 13 November 1942, when
his ship, USS Laffey (DD 459) was sunk. Lieutenant (junior grade) Finch shared posthumously in the Presidential Unit Citation awarded his ship for its outstanding performance in action
against the Japanese in the southwest Pacific from 15 September until its loss.
USS Finch (DE 328) (1943-1969) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the USS Finch History by Robert L. Stevens, RdM1c, USS Finch)
Navsource Archive Manager
DE / FF / LCS Archive
|206k||14 July 1944: Boston, Mass. - USS Finch (DE 328) off the Boston Navy Yard.
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 91574 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|80k||undated wartime image||David Buell|
|110k||05 March 1954: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Cal. - USCG Finch (WDE 428) at Mare Island. She was in overhaul at the yard from 07 January to 16 April 1954.
(U.S. Navy photo #DE 328 20362-3-54)
PNCM, USNR (ret.)
Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
|83k||undated image as WDE 428||Nick Tiberio|
|105k||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 01 October 1955, to 12 October 1956.
(U.S. Navy photo #DER 328 30746-8-56)
PNCM, USNR (ret.)
Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
|119k||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)
|111k||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)
|281k||17 August 1956: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Cal. - Colors raised aboard Finch during her re-commissioning ceremonies.|
(U.S. Navy photo #DER 328 30754-8-56)
|135k||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)
|108k||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)
|155k||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)
|171k||Undated Post-Conversion Photo||Nick Tiberio|
|88k||1960: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Two scenes from the movie "The Wackiest Ship in the Army" showing Finch moored outboard of Durant. The movie was a 1960 CinemaScope comedy-drama war film starring Jack Lemmon, Ricky Nelson, and Chips Rafferty. It was filmed at Pearl Harbor and the island Kauai.||Tommy Trampp|
Benton City, Wash.
|171k||March 1966: Finch alongside USS Dixie (AD 14) at Kaoshiung, Taiwan. USS
Piedmont (AD 17) is in the background.
(Photo © Richard Leonhardt)
|206k||circa 1967 - 68||R.W. Piazza|
Captain, USN (ret.)
USS Finch MPA/DCA
|158k||1968: Guam - Finch, moored inboard of USCGC Minnetonka (WHEC67).||Larry Roszkowiak|
|127k||1968: Guam - Finch, moored inboard of USCGC Minnetonka (WHEC67).
(I was the Weapons Officer during the Minnie's deployment to Vietnam in 1968 and, enroute from Long Beach, we re-fueled in Guam. We were moored outboard of Finch. I have attached a picture I took from dockside of both ships.)
Commander, USCG (ret.)
|View the USS Finch (DE 328) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Finch's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, & Russ Moody
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|U.S. Navy as DE-328|
|1.) 13 Dec. 1943 - 28 Apr. 1944||Lcdr. Albert Henry Nienau, USNR (NROTC '37) (Seattle, Wash.)|
|2.) 28 Apr. 1944 - 18 Nov. 1945||Lcdr. Clement D. LeHardy (Hartsfield, S.C.)|
|3.) 18 Nov. 1945 - 22 Jul. 1946||Lcdr. Eugene Taylor MacDonald (Everett, Wash.)|
|4.) 22 Jul. 1946 - 31 Aug. 1946||Lcdr. Robert Larue Tully|
|5.) 31 Aug. 1946 - 04 Oct. 1946||Ens. J. W. Johnstone, Jr.|
|U.S. Coast Guard as WDE-428|
|1.) 24 Aug. 1951 - 31 Jan. 1952||Cmdr. G. R. Boyce, Jr., USCG|
|2.) 31 Jan. 1952 - 23 Apr. 1954||Lcdr. Bainbridge B. Leland, USCG (USCGA '43) (Clifton Springs, N.Y.)|
|U.S. Navy as DER-328|
|6.) 17 Aug. 1956 - 03 Jan. 1958||Lcdr. James Keith Athow (Tacoma, Wash.)|
|7.) 03 Jan. 1958 - 20 Sep. 1959||Lcdr. John Albert DíZamba (prior enl. '39; comm. '44)|
|8.) 20 Sep. 1959 - 29 Jun. 1960||Lcdr. Edwin Joseph Burke|
|9.) 29 Jun. 1960 - 20 Jul. 1960||Lt. Henry Clay Morris, Jr. (XO, acting CO)|
|10.) 20 Jul. 1960 - 15 Jul. 1961||Lcdr. Edwin Joseph Burke (Schenectady, N.Y.)|
|11.) 15 Jul. 1961 - 22 Mar. 1963||Cmdr. Edward Peter Stilwell (San Francisco, Cal.)|
|12.) 22 Mar. 1963 - 20 Jul. 1964||Lcdr. Leslie Adam Taylor, Jr.|
|13.) 20 Jul. 1964 - 07 Jul. 1966||Lcdr. George Ira Thompson, USNR (OCS '53) (Chicago, Ill.)|
|14.) 07 Jul. 1966 - 22 Apr. 1968||Cmdr. Myron Alan Skubinna (OCS '56) (New Salem, N.D.)|
|15.) 22 Apr. 1968 - 14 Jul. 1969||Lcdr. Robert Lee Grimmell (prior enl. '45 EMC / OCS '56) (Houston, Tex.)|
|16.) 14 Jul. 1969 - 03 Oct. 1969||Lcdr. Ronald Lloyd Johnson|
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