Finlay, John Stewart, III, Col

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Primary Unit
1973-1975, Air Force Eastern Test Range
Service Years
1949 - 1975
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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Melbourne, FL

Date of Passing
Oct 30, 2011
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 60 Site 2018

 Official Badges 

Headquarters Air Force Combat Crew Commander Air Force Retired

Headquarters Command, USAF

 Unofficial Badges 

US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge US Navy Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal

 Military Association Memberships
American Ex-POW AssociationNam-POWS
  1973, American Ex-POW Association - Assoc. Page
  1975, Nam-POWS

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
His 1st (of 2) Silver Star Citation reads:

Lieutenant Colonel John S. Finlay III distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as flight leader of three F-4D's in Southeast Asia on 28 April 1968. On that date, Colonel Finlay was directed against a heavily defended target in support of interdiction operations. To insure exact placement of his special ordnance, Colonel Finlay courageously flew his aircraft just above the low overcast, placing himself well within the capabilities of the many anti-aircraft artillery pieces defending this target. Imbued with the desire to complete his mission successfully, and with complete disregard for personal safety, Colonel Finlay made two attacks on the target. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Colonel Finlay has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Navy (USN)27th Fighter Wing494th Tactical Fighter SquadronUnited States Air Forces in Europe (COMUSAFE/USAFE)
3rd Air Force48th Fighter Wing48th Tactical Fighter WingHQ Tactical Air Command, Tactical Air Command (TAC)
50th Tactical Fighter Wing10th Tactical Fighter Squadron366th Tactical Fighter Wing - GunfightersPrisoner Of War (POW)
Air Force Eastern Test Range
  1944-1946, US Navy (USN)
  1957-1957, 27th Fighter Wing
  1957-1959, 494th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1957-1959, United States Air Forces in Europe (COMUSAFE/USAFE)
  1957-1959, 3rd Air Force
  1957-1959, 48th Fighter Wing
  1959-1960, 48th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1961-1964, HQ Tactical Air Command, Tactical Air Command (TAC)
  1964-1965, 50th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1964-1968, 10th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1968-1968, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing - Gunfighters
  1968-1973, POW North Vietnam
  1973-1975, Air Force Eastern Test Range
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 World War II
  1968-1973 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
University of Maryland at BaltimoreOhio State UniversityAir Command and Staff College
  1948-1949, University of Maryland at Baltimore
  1951-1953, Ohio State University
  1960-1961, Air Command and Staff College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-84 Thunderjet  F-100 Super Sabre  F-4 Phantom  
  1955-1957, F-84 Thunderjet
  1957-1960, F-100 Super Sabre
  1964-1968, F-4 Phantom
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