USS Finnegan (DE-307)

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USS Finnegan (DE-307) off Mare Island on 24 September 1944
History
Name: USS Finnegan
Laid down: 5 July 1943
Launched: 22 January 1944
Commissioned: 19 August 1944
Decommissioned: 27 November 1945
Struck: 19 December 1945
Honors and
awards:
3 battle stars (World War II)
Fate: Sold for scrapping, June 1946
General characteristics
Type: Evarts-class destroyer escort
Displacement:
  • 1,140 long tons (1,158 t) standard
  • 1,430 long tons (1,453 t) full
Length:
  • 289 ft 5 in (88.21 m) o/a
  • 283 ft 6 in (86.41 m) w/l
Beam: 35 ft 2 in (10.72 m)
Draft: 11 ft (3.4 m) (max)
Propulsion:
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph)
Range: 4,150 nmi (7,690 km)
Complement: 15 officers and 183 enlisted
Armament:

USS Finnegan (DE-307) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort constructed for the United States Navy during World War II. She was sent off into the Pacific Ocean to protect convoys and other ships from Japanese submarines and fighter aircraft. She performed escort and antisubmarine operations in dangerous battle areas and returned home with three well-earned battle stars.

She was named after Chief Radio Electrician William Michael Finnegan who was killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; was launched on 22 February 1944 by Mare Island Navy Yard; sponsored by Mrs. Charles Schroeder, sister of Ensign Finnegan; and commissioned on 19 August 1944, Lieutenant Commander Hoffman, USNR, in command.

World War II Pacific Theater operations[edit]

Finnegan arrived at Pearl Harbor on 8 November 1944 to serve as escort for submarines conducting training exercises prior to their war patrols. She voyaged to Midway Island escorting a transport between 11 and 20 December, then returned to duty with submarines until 9 January 1945. After amphibious training exercises in the Hawaiian Islands, Finnegan sailed escorting a group of LSTs and submarine chasers, two of which she towed for parts of the passage to Saipan.

Supporting the Iwo Jima operations[edit]

On 15 February 1945, the escort ship sailed from Saipan for the assault on Iwo Jima, during which she screened transports as they launched their boats for the initial invasion on 19 February.

Sinking of Japanese Submarine I-370[edit]

On 26 February, while escorting empty transports to Saipan, Finnegan made a surface contact by Radarman Robert N. Perry radar, and was detached from the screen to locate and sink Japanese submarine I-370 in a four-hour attack, in 22°45′N 141°27′E / 22.750°N 141.450°E / 22.750; 141.450. Radarman Perry was given $50.00 by the Captain for catching the early morning contact.

Supporting invasion of Okinawa operations[edit]

From Saipan, Finnegan screened the transports on to Espiritu Santo, arriving 15 March 1945. She sailed ten days later for Ulithi, the vast base from which the Okinawa assault was staged, and on 9 April, she reached the newly assaulted island. Sailing on anti-submarine patrols, as well as screening assault shipping, Finnegan fired to drive off a would-be suicide plane on 28 May. On 10 July she departed Okinawa for duty in the Philippines on local escort and patrol assignments until 15 September.

Post-War decommissioning[edit]

Finnegan then sailed for Eniwetok, Pearl Harbor, and Charleston, South Carolina, where she was decommissioned and placed in reserve on 27 November 1945. She was sold for scrapping in June 1946.

Awards[edit]

Finnegan received three battle stars for World War II service.

References[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Photo gallery of USS Finnegan (DE 307) at NavSource Naval History