CHARLES E FINNEY
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HONORED ON PANEL 29W, LINE 60 OF THE WALL

CHARLES ELBERT FINNEY

WALL NAME

CHARLES E FINNEY

PANEL / LINE

29W/60

DATE OF BIRTH

06/05/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/17/1969

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SALTVILLE

STATE

MS

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

MAJ

ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR CHARLES ELBERT FINNEY
POSTED ON 3.17.2019
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Vietnam, 1969

Distinguished Flying Cross Citation

Charles Elbert Finney

Distinguished Flying Cross
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Captain
Division: 1st Marine Aircraft Wing
GENERAL ORDERS:

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Captain Charles Elbert Finney (MCSN: 0-94692), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while serving as a Bombardier/Navigator with Marine All Weather Attack Squadron FIVE HUNDRED THIRTY-THREE (VMA(AW)-533), Marine Aircraft Group Twelve, FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with operations against the enemy. On the night of 17 March 1969, Captain Finney launched aboard an A-6 Intruder aircraft assigned an armed reconnaissance mission over a heavily defended area of North Vietnam. Arriving over the designated area, he was informed by the Tactical Air Controller (Airborne) that the target was a truck park, well protected by several anti-aircraft gun positions in the vicinity. Skillfully navigating the Intruder to the target area, he ignored the intense hostile fire impacting about his aircraft as he calmly provided bomb release data which enabled the pilot to commence a determined attack, delivering the bombs on target and destroying the majority of the many vehicles in the park. While fearlessly engaged in this dangerous mission, his plane was crippled by enemy fire and crashed on the guns which had disabled it. Captain Finney's courage, superior aeronautical ability and unwavering devotion to duty at great personal risk contributed significantly to the accomplishment of the mission and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
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POSTED ON 10.6.2018
POSTED BY: Jo Ann Tinsley-Rounsaville

Bracelet

I was going through my childhood keepsakes when I found your bracelet that I wore for years as a teenager and in college!. I am from Philadelphia, MS where I knew you were from MS. Our son is Major in the Air Force & currently serving our country for the next few years in Washington. I searched for your name and saw where you had died for our country. Thank you and your family for dying for our country. You will never be forgotten!
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POSTED ON 9.8.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Major Charles Finney,
Thank you for your service as a Naval Flight Officer -
A-6 Bombardier-Navigator. I am glad you were identified in 2000. Welcome home.
Tuesday is the 17th anniversary of 9/11, and we remember you all. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 2.5.2017
POSTED BY: Donald L. Mercer

I Remember

40th OCC Grad and a shining example for the rest of the Company and especially 2nd Plt. God Bless You. I never forgot!
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POSTED ON 6.13.2015
POSTED BY: Bob Chaney

Not Forgotten

Not Forgotten
I've worn your bracelet every day for nearly 40 years. When I found out that you had been returned and buried at Arlington, I went to visit your grave. My wife and I placed a remembrance brick for you at the Marine corps Museum. Just want you to know that you are not forgotten. I was a Marine grunt up by the D when you were flying your missions. Some of us were able to come home safely as a result of your and other's efforts. We will never forget that.

Rest in peace, Marine. May God bless you. Semper Fi!

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