FINLEY E. HALL, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Finley Hall '29

Date of birth: January 29, 1906

Date of death: November 24, 1943

Age: 37

Lucky Bag

From the 1929 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Finley was lost on November 24, 1943 when USS Liscome Bay (CVE 56) was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine. He was the ship's executive officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He has one memory marker in California and another in Mississippi.

Wartime Service

On December 7, 1941 then-LT Hall was commanding officer of USS Swan (AM 34), which was in drydock in Pearl Harbor.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Commander Finley Elliott Hall (NSN: 0-62532), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Executive Officer of the U.S.S. LISCOME BAY (CVE-56), during action against enemy Japanese forces off Makin Island, Gilbert Islands, on 24 November 1943. When his ship was struck by a hostile torpedo in the early morning darkness and left exploding and blazing, Commander Hall immediately and skillfully supervised the evacuation of personnel from his battle station in the radar plot and, completely disregarding his own safety in the face of continuous ammunition explosions, tremendous structural damage and raging fires, voluntarily remained aboard the rapidly sinking vessel in a gallant effort to search for other wounded and trapped shipmates. His great personal valor and self-sacrificing efforts under extreme perilous conditions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 02267 (June 2, 1944)
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander

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Henry Mullinnix '16, Irving Wiltsie '21, Lester Kern '23, Charles Ostrom '30, and George Williams '40 were also lost in Liscome Bay.


Class of 1929

Finley is one of 29 members of the Class of 1929 in Memorial Hall.