Henry Finnell Jr.

Henry Joseph Finnell Jr. was born to Florence and Henry Joseph Finnell. Like any teenager, Harry liked sports. He read about them in the paper, and played them on the field. When he got out of school, Harry wanted to be an agricultural agent. He graduated Teaneck High School in 1939.

Early on, before war was even declared, Harry enlisted into the Navy from New York and was stationed at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Harry was no rookie when it came to seeing action. He had been at Pearl Harbor when the bombs dropped on December 7 and fought at Midway the follow June. Although he was only a Naval Air Force Cadet then, he was determined to follow through with his service.

He was an Aviation Machinist’s Mate Second Class, when his escort carrier, the USS Liscome Bay, sunk on November 24th, 1944 by a Japanese submarine. He was reported missing in action. While he could not be given a proper burial, Henry was posthumously given the Purple Heart for his service.

WWII Scrapbook

  1. March 31, 1944

High School Yearbook

  1. 1939 Yearbook, Page 35


  1. 1900 United States Federal Census (father)
  2. 1910 United States Federal Census (Henry J. Finnell, father)
  3. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (Henry Joseph Finnell, father)
  4. 1920 United States Federal Census (Henry J. Finnell, father)
  5. New York, New York, Death Index, 1862-1948 (Florence Finnell, mother)
  6. New York, New York, Marriage Index, 1866-1937 (Henry J. Finnell, father, 2nd marriage)
  7. U.S. City Directories,1822-1995 (1931, Henry J. Finnell, father)
  8. 1940 United States Federal Census (Henry J. Finnell, father)
  9. U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Henry J. Finnell, father)
  10. WWI, WWII, and Korean War Casualty Listings
  11. World War II Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Casualties, 1941-1945
  12. World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas

American Battle Monuments Commission

  1. Henry J Finnell

National World War II Memorial, Wash., D.C.

  1. Aviation Machinist's Mate 2c Henry Joseph Finnell

Web Link on U.S.S. Liscome Bay

  1. U.S.S. Liscome Bay (CVE56) - Lost In Action, Gilbert Islands, Central Pacific, 24 November, 1943

Navymemorial.org Website

  1. Lost At Sea Log

Find A Grave Website

  1. AMM2 Henry J Finnell