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 Jay Morton Finley

Jay Morton Finley

San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Death 16 May 1998 (aged 73)
Menlo Park, San Mateo County, California, USA
Burial Santa Nella, Merced County, California, USA
Memorial ID 648630 · View Source
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Son of Elsie M. Finley.

Husband of Honey Finley.

Father of Jay M. Finley Jr., Scott T. Finley, and Lee T. Finley

Grandfather of five grandchildren.

In 1949, he and his mother joined together to from Elsie M. Finley and Son Realtors.

He was a member of the Stanford Area Lions Club until 1981. He was a life member of the Palo Alto Masonic Roller Lodge No. 346. He had been a member of Cold Springs Country Club in Placerville since 1983.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing in the Siskiyou mountains. He enjoyed golf everywhere.

During World War II Jay served as an Ensign & Pilot of a Grumman F6F Hellcat, Fighter Squadron 12 (VF-12), U.S.S. Randolph (CV-15), U.S. Navy.

On April 8, 1945 Jay, along with other pilots, attacked the Wan Airfield on Kikai Shima. In this attack Jay's Hellcat was shot down by medium caliber automatic weapons and he successfully bailed out.

For 5 days he drifted in the waters before he was finally rescued and returned to duty!

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett





  • Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 648630
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jay Morton Finley (21 Oct 1924–16 May 1998), Find A Grave Memorial no. 648630, citing San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, Santa Nella, Merced County, California, USA ; Maintained by US Veterans Affairs Office (contributor 5) .