Sgt Harry Fineman

Sgt Harry Fineman

Delaware, USA
Death 12 Apr 1942
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Plot H Row 15 Grave 115
Memorial ID 56775599 · View Source
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Son of Benjamin Fineman and Bertha Feitelberg Fineman.

Harry, who resided at 803 North Van Buren Street, Wilmington, Delaware, served as a Sergeant with Battery I, 59th Coast Artillery, U.S. Army during World War II.

He enlisted in the Army on November 30, 1939 and was noted as Single, without dependents.

He was "Killed In Action" in the Battle of Corregidor, Philippine Islands.

A VFW Post was named in his honor in Wilmington, Delaware.

He had served in the Army for two years and six months at the time of his death and was decorated with a "Silver Star" and a Purple Heart.

Service # 6978470

Note: Harry was the first member of the U.S. Army to give his life from Delaware during World War II. Four Naval crewmen from Delaware died prior to Harry.

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Award Article:

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the "Silver Star" (Posthumously) to Sergeant Harry Fineman (ASN: 6978470), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 59th Coast Artillery Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action at Fort Hughes, Philippine Islands, on 10 April 1942.

On that date, a flight of Japanese bombers destroyed the communications between Anti-Aircraft guns and the Battery's range section. As another flight of bombers approached, Sergeant Fineman left cover and ran across open ground to the guns. He tested the lines, found the breaks, repaired the lines, and restored communication vital to the efficiency of the battery. While doing his duty, Sergeant Fineman was killed by enemy artillery fire. Sergeant Fineman's gallant actions and selfless devotion to duty, without regard for his own safety, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, Philippine Coast Artillery Command, General Orders No. 29 (1942)

Action Date: 10-Apr-42
Service: Army
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment: 59th Coast Artillery Regiment
Division: Philippine Scouts




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  • Find a Grave Memorial 56775599
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Harry Fineman (unknown–12 Apr 1942), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56775599, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .