Miles Rush Finley, Jr '43
Capt Miles R Finley, Jr, USN (Ret.) Passed away on January 7, 2010. He had Alzheimer's disease. His wife, Barbara F (McCann) Finley, preceded him in death. She passed Thanksgiving morning , November 23, 2006 of complication due to diabetes.
My father Graduated from the Naval Academy Class of 1943. He served as commanding officer on several ships, and staff officer on several staff duty locations. I remember Dad taking me as a small boy to sea on day exercise cruises. There were dependant cruises also.
Dad took command of the USS Shields (DD-596) on July 15,1950 through April 2, 1952. He commissioned her as a regular duty ship from a reserve duty ship. Her home port as a reserve ship was on the Sacramento River in Sacramento, CA. Dad brought her down the river to the San Francisco Bay and out under the Golden Gate Bridge and off to the Pacific for duty. Some 20 years later, I was just about to finish my 6 year enlisted reserve duty obligation. I was doing weekend a month drilling duty in San Diego, CA. The Navy assigned me to the USS Shields (DD-596) in 1970. I served on her as a QM3 until 1972. She was to be decommissioned. I then was reassigned for my last few months. I was discharged in 1972. The USS Shields (DD-596) was decommissioned in 1972. It was fun to talk to Dad about our times aboard the USS Shields (DD-596). I will remember many of the "Sea Stories" Dad would tell.