DENNIS W FINNEGAN
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 86 OF THE WALL

DENNIS WILLIAM FINNEGAN

WALL NAME

DENNIS W FINNEGAN

PANEL / LINE

1W/86

DATE OF BIRTH

02/18/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

DINH TUONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/31/1972

HOME OF RECORD

NEW YORK

COUNTY OF RECORD

New York City

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

MAJ

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DENNIS WILLIAM FINNEGAN
POSTED ON 3.15.2016
POSTED BY: D. Allen Youngman, MG, USA(Ret)

Remembering Major Dennis Finnegan

I worked with MAJ Finnegan in Can Tho from June 1972 until his death in October. He was assigned to the IV Corps operations center at Le Loi Compound and we all lived at Eakin Compound. He was a very senior captain when I first met him I remember him as a really squared-away, tactically savvy, good guy who would take the time to talk to a fairly new lieutenant. I remember the day we lost him and the other guys like it was yesterday. Shouldn't have happened but the aviators were just figuring out the SA-7s down in the Delta where they had only recently been detected. Until that time, established practice was to fly at or above 3000 feet, well above small arms range, but, as it turns out, right in the kill zone for the SA-7. No consolation but we didn't lose anymore aircraft after that. Dennis was a good man.
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POSTED ON 10.22.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear Major Dennis William Finnegan, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 7.12.2013
POSTED BY: Patrick Finnegan. Army 8/1/66-10/4/69 VN12/29/68-10/4/69

Dennis

The posting from Dennis's brothers was posted by the youngest brother John, who does not know and therefore not remember everything about Dennis. This posting is from the middle brother Patrick, who remembers Dennis much better. It was because of Dennis going over to Viet-Nam on his first tour, and already assigned to the 101st Abn. Div. that i gave up my lifelong dream to be a Marine and enlisted in the Army to also be a paratrooper. Dennis served in VN from July 66 -July 67. On that first tour Dennis was wounded and medivac to Camp Zama in Japan. His weight dropped to 88 lbs and he also died fromthat wound. He returned to VN and was wounded the 2nd time when his helmet was shot off his head. That helmet is presently on display at the NYS Vietnam Memorial site in Albany New York. Then Dennis was on a 6 month extendsion when he was wounded for the 3rd time in August of 67.. Dennis returned for his 2nd full tour in august of 69, while I was serving my tour as an infantryman with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. For that tour Dennis was again assigned to the 101st, There were no wounds on that tour for Dennis. He returned in November of 1971 and was killed in the Chinook crash while in the process of clearing country and returning home. His service in Viet-Nam started in June/July 66 and ended over 6 years later. Also, for reason unbeknownst to us, Dennis's HOR got shifted from Lynbrook, Long Island, New York, to New York,[Manhatten], New York. Best I can figure, it happened when Dennis's commission got upgraded to Regular Army commission as opposed to a Reserve commission. That event happened in Whitehall, Manhatten, sometime in 1968. There's not a day, barely an hour when I do not give a thought to Dennis. Remember that the picture that is most posted of Dennis was taken when he was only 23 and yet the man in that picture could easily pass for 40.
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POSTED ON 5.26.2013

In Remembrance of Dennis Finnegan

Although I did not know Dennis personally,I did know his family and I clearly remember his Blue Star in the window of his family's home.


I remember the sadness our community felt at his passing.


This Memorial Day I fly my flag in his Honor. For the sacrifices he made in his life and his death. He will always be remembered.

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POSTED ON 11.5.2012

Final Mission of U.S. Army helicopter CH-47C tail number 69-17119

While operating in the Dinh Tuong Province with a crew of five and 17 passengers on board, 69-17119 was struck in flight by a SA-7 'Strella' shoulder launched heat seeking missile. The aircraft crashed into a flooded rice field in the Mekong Delta, southwest of Saigon, and was destroyed. There were no survivors. The helicopter was on a courier run from Saigon to Can Tho when it was hit near My Tho, about 35 miles from Saigon. The crew consisted of CAPT Steven D. Howard, CW2 Ronald L. Vanlandingham, SP5 David E. Wischemann, SP4 Richard B. Freeman, and SP4 Timothy A. Thomas. Passengers included SP4 James D. Brown, SP4 Louis O. Calderon, SP4 Roger R. Chambliss, SP4 Raymond L. Goodchild, SP4 Milton C. Hunter, SP4 Charles L. Stewart Jr., SP4 Delbert R. Wood, CAPT Dennis W. Finnegan, SSGT Charles A. McSwiney Jr., and 1LT Kenneth J. Spencer. [Taken from vhpa.org]

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