Finney, Carl Edwin, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1944, 112X, USS Harder (SS-257)
Service Years
1931 - 1944
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Eldon. MT
Last Address
Laurel, MT

Casualty Date
Aug 24, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
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Last Known Activity

The USS Harder (SS-257) began her 6th War Patrol on August 5th, 1944 and formed a "wolfpack" with four other submarines. She sank two merchant ships before her final attack on August 24th. While the Hake escaped sinking, a depth charge attack sunk the Harder with all hands. Lieutenant Junior Grade Finney was listed as Missing in Action and later declared dead 2 October 1945.

Service numbers: Enlisted - 3209245   Officer - 356553

Silver Star
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Harder (SS-257)
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 336 (March 1945)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Carl Edwin Finney (NSN: 0-356553), United States Navy, for gallantry in action while serving aboard a United States Submarine during war patrols in enemy-controlled waters during World War II. While serving aboard the U.S.S. HARDER (SS-257) during an aggressive and highly successful war patrol in Japanese-controlled waters, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Finney performed his duties skillfully and with determination under extremely hazardous battle conditions. His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.
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Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 6 Patrols

 Duty Stations
US NavyNAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Harder (SS-257)
  1938-1939, MM-0000, USS S-21 (SS-126)
  1939-1942, MO-0000, USS S-24 (SS-129)
  1942-1942, MO-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1942-1944, 112X, USS Harder (SS-257)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 USS HARDER (SS-257) 3rd War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS HARDER (SS-257) 4th War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS HARDER (SS-257) 5th War Patrol
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Nov 16, 1940, Promoted to MM1
  Mar 17, 1942, Promoted to MoMM1
  Sep 01, 1943, Promoted to CMoMM
  Mar 13, 1944, Promoted to CWO Machinist
  Jul 15, 1944, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorUnited States Navy Memorial
World War II Fallen
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, World War II Fallen
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