Francis served as - Pfc - E3 - Marine Corps - Enlisted Service
He was 19 years old at the time of his death.
Francis was born Nov. 30, 1948 in Bronx, N.Y.
His tour of duty began in Vietnam January 13, 1968
Francis served with Delta Co., 1st Battalion, 5th Marines. Francis was transfered on May 10, 1968 to (2-1-3) of the 2nd CAG, III MAF. under the command of Capt. Patrick Mitchell.
(The 2nd CAG ...stood for 2nd Combined Action Group.....these were small Marine Corps units set up with PF (Vietnamese Popular Forces) that operated against the VC...the Marines were usually assigned from Marine Corps Company's in the beginning...later they underwent special training..some went to Vietnamese Language school....these Marines lived with the Vietnamese in their villages usually running patrols and small combat operations with them....They served under the command of.....
III MAF..... This was, The Third Marine Amphibious Force, the Senior Command of all Marines in Vietnam.)
Francis died on Nov. 17, 1968 in Quang Nam Province, in the small Hamlet of Tui Laon, outside of Da Nang, Republic of South Vietnam. He died at approx. 7:30 AM of a gun shot wound to his chest while he was in a defensive position.
His body was recovered.
Last Rights were given by Lt. Jim M. Wright, (CHC) U.S.N.
Francis Matthew Finnerty Jr. is interred in the
Long Island National Cemetary, P section, plot 359, Pine Lawn, New York.
Francis's religion was Roman Catholic. He was not married.
Francis attended St. Phillip and St. James Roman Catholic School and
graduated from St. Nicholas of Tolentine Boys High School in 1966.
Francis's name is listed on Panel 39W --- Line 79
of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
"Rest In Peace Francis You Are Missed By All Who Knew You"
Francis M. Finnerty Jr. served his Country and Flag with Honor and Valor. His service to his beloved Marine Corps, His aggressiveness, and His devotion to duty, was in the highest traditions of the Corps and his Country. His service to his Country earned him the following awards:
Purple Heart with 2 stars for wounds received in combat on 3 separate occations.
Combat Action Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnamese Service Medal with star
Vietnamese Campaign Ribbon
The Republic of Vietnam, Military Merit Medal
The Republic of Vietnam, Gallantry Cross with Palm
Good Conduct Medal
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Combined Action Program
(2-1-3) of the2nd Combined Action Group
3rd Marine Amphibious Force
On October 20, 2002 the Township of Washington, Bergen County, New Jersey renamed a street in honor of their Favorite Son and past resident,
PFC Francis M. Finnerty, USMC, "Finnerty Place."
Francis, at the time of his death, was the 117th Bergen County soldier to perish in the Vietnam War and the only one from Washington Township, Bergen County, New Jersey.
The event was hosted by The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6192
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Francis at basecamp when he was with Delta 1/5 before he transferred to the 2nd CAG Group
Francis in front of Delta 1/5 Command Post (CP) in 1968
Francis at basecamp 1968
Pfc. James Dandy and Francis during training. Location unknown.
Francis on the left, location unknown.
Francis durning training. Seen here with his mother, Marion, father, Francis Sr. and brother, Timothy. Francis also had two sisters, Maureen and Kathleen and another brother, Daniel.
Francis and his mother Marion in 1967
Francis and his Family in 1967
In October 2005, at a a parish-wide reunion, St. Nicholas of Tolentine honored those who had died in the Vietnam War. Above is the front (on the right) and back pages of the booklet given out at the event.
There were 68 graduates in the St. Nicholas of Tolentine Boys class of 1966. 4 died in Viet Nam. The above information was given by John Coleman