Gordon, Finley Arnold, PhM3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
PhM-0000-Pharmacist Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Pharmacist's Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1944, PhM-0000, 7th Marine Regiment/1st Bn (1/7)
Service Years
1939 - 1944
PhM-Pharmacist's Mate
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Philadelphia, PA
Last Address
Hotel Normandie
36th and Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA

Casualty Date
Jan 10, 1944
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Papua New Guinea
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Cape Gloucester
Location of Interment
Beverly National Cemetery - Beverly, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: I-2

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World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  2014, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2014, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2014, WW II Memorial National Registry

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 Duty Stations
Naval Hospital Philadelphia, PANaval Hospital Guantanamo Bay, CubaUS Navy7th Marine Regiment/1st Bn (1/7)
  1940-1940, PhM-0000, Naval Hospital Philadelphia, PA
  1940-1941, PhM-0000, Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
  1942-1942, PhM-0000, USS Stringham (APD-6)
  1943-1943, PhM-0000, Noumea, New Caledonia
  1943-1944, PhM-0000, 7th Marine Regiment/1st Bn (1/7)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1943-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Cape Gloucester
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  Jul 20, 2012, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Marine Corps Muster Reports show him at many locations. Durning his entire Navy Career he serverd with the Fleet Marine Forces US Marine Corps (USMC)/7th Marine Regiment/1st Bn (1/7), but when they deployed for operations in some areas they would temporarily assign PhM personnel to the local Naval Medical Facilities. 
One one of the final muster reports  dated Dec 1943,  while be transported with the US Marines on the USS Brooks says in the muster report says " Date of sailing from (classified) for Dangerous Waters "  on there way to Papua New Guinea. 
He ws killed in action at Cape Gloucester, New Britain Island, West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea against Japanese Enemy Forces.

Name of Award
Navy Cross

Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Finley Arnold Gordon, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving as a Medical Corpsman with Company C, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division during action against enemy forces at Cape Gloucester in the Bismarck Archipelago on 10 January 1944. During the desperate encounter at Hill 150, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Gordon constantly exposed himself to heavy fire while ministering to six injured Marines. He continued his work until he was killed while aiding a mortally wounded officer. By his courage and efforts in behalf of others at great risk to his own life, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Gordon undoubtedly saved many lives, and his steadfast devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 328 (July 1944)

Action Date: 10-Jan-44
Service: Navy
Rank: Pharmacist's Mate Third Class
Company: Corpsman (Attached), Company C
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 7th Marines
Division: 1st Marine Division
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