Donald Lee Finney

Marine Corp Badge
  • Name: Donald Lee Finney
  • Location of Birth: Cohasset, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: June 22, 1925
  • Date of Death: July 21, 1944 (19 years old)
  • Parents: Harry Finney and Roxanna (Axtell) Finney
  • High School and Class: 1943 - Grand Rapids High School, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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  • Highest Rank: PFC (Private First Class)
  • Branch: Marine Corp
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  • Date Sworn In: August 20, 1943 (Enlistment Date)
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  • Military Awards:
    Purple Heart

  • Military Highlights:
    Information from Grand Rapids Herald Review article dated August 23, 1944:

    "Grand Rapids Man Dies from Wounds in Battle

    Pfc. Donald L. Finney, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Finney of Grand Rapids, died of wounds received in action. That was the terse message received by Mr. and Mrs. Finney last Wednesday evening. No further particulars have come through from the War Department.

    Enlisting in the United States Marines on August 20, 1943, PFC Finney sailed to the Pacific War Theater in December. He was in active duty against the Japanese for several months. Just where his unit was engaged when he was wounded is not known by the family."

    Donald served with Company C, 4th Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 3rd Disarmament and Arms Control in the Marianas Islands.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:
    Donald was killed in action in the South Pacific Theater (Philippines) and is lost at sea.

  • Civilian Life:
    Surviving members of the immediate family include his parents, a brother, Emery in the Army in France, a brother, Daren at home; and two sisters at home, Joy and Evelyn.

    His memorial site is at the Tablets of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Courts of the Missing)

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