Finney, Arthur Thomas, Col

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1966-1974, MIA Vietnam
Service Years
1948 - 1966
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Canmer, Kentucky/Miami, Florida
Last Address
Udorn RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Aug 01, 1966
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Palm Memorial Park - Las Vegas, Nevada
Wall/Plot Coordinates
09E 093

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Combat Crew Commander

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Kentucky Vietnam Veterans MemorialVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1966, Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Command)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Navy (USN)US Embassy435th Tactical Fighter Squadron8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
US Air Force
  1958-1959, 1051A, US Navy (USN)
  1962-1965, US Embassy
  1966-1966, 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1966-1966, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
  1966-1974, MIA Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1966-1966 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 Colleges Attended 
Berea College
  1944-1948, Berea College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-51/F-51 Mustang  T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  F-86 Sabre  F-84 Thunderjet  
F-84 Thunderstreak  F-9 Cougar  F-9F Panther  F-101 Voodoo  
C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  F-104 Starfighter  
  1949-1950, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1950-1951, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
  1950-1953, F-86 Sabre
  1952-1953, F-84 Thunderjet
  1952-1953, F-84 Thunderstreak
  1958-1959, F-9 Cougar
  1958-1959, F-9F Panther
  1960-1961, F-101 Voodoo
  1962-1965, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
  1966-1966, F-104 Starfighter
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Aug 01, 2014, Other/Link(s)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On Aug 1, 1966, he was flying F-104C (#57-0925) "Smoke II",  leading a group of F-104's, escorting F-105 Wild Weasels over Thai Nguyen when an SA-2 SAM hit his aircraft.  He was seen to safely eject and parachute from his aircraft. He was posted as missing, later KIA.
His remains were returned Aug 14, 1985.   

His Silver Star citation:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Thomas Finney (AFSN: FR-41887), United States Air Force, for gallantry in action in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force over North Vietnam on 1 August 1966. On that date, Colonel Finney was leading a flight of F-104 aircraft providing close escort cover for accompanying strike aircraft. On arrival in the target area, Colonel Finney began the extremely hazardous task of providing top cover in the deadly missile environment. On repeated occasions, he was forced to evade the deadly rockets backed by heavy flak. After each occasion, Colonel Finney would again regain his vulnerable position, although at high risk to his own life, in order to maintain the fighter cover and provide vital support to the strike aircraft. It was largely through his heroic efforts that the strike aircraft were unmolested by hostile fighter aircraft throughout the entire flight. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Colonel Finney has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
General Orders: Headquarters, 7th Air Force, Special Orders G-777 (September 27, 1966)
Action Date: August 1, 1966
Service: Air Force
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel 

His DFC (2nd of 2) citation:
Awarded for actions during the Korean War
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to First Lieutenant Arthur Thomas Finney (AFSN: FR-41887), United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight over enemy held territory as a flight leader of four F-84 aircraft on an interdiction mission near Kwaksan, Korea, on 18 April 1952. While pulling off his bomb run, a member of Lieutenant Finney's flight was hit by flak. His aircraft caught fire, and he informed Lieutenant Finney that he was bailing out. Lieutenant Finney returned to the flak infested area and spotted the pilot descending in his parachute. While informing Air Sea Rescue of the downed pilot's position, Lieutenant Finney observed armed enemy troops approaching from two direction. He led his flight on numerous strafing passes in the midst of intense small arms fire, killing an unknown number of hostile troops, and preventing the capture of the downed pilot. This aggressive display of leadership and pilot ability reflects great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Forces and the United States Air Force.
General Orders: Headquarters, 5th Air Force, General Orders No. 283 (March 15, 1952)
Action Date: April 18, 1952
Service: Air Force
Rank: First Lieutenant


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