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Col John Stewart Finlay III

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Col John Stewart Finlay III

Birth
Monticello, Jones County, Iowa, USA
Death
30 Oct 2011 (aged 84)
Brevard County, Florida, USA
Burial
Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Add to Map
Plot
Section 60 Site 2018
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JOHN STEWART FINLAY, III of Indian River Colony in Melbourne, FL died at home - he was the son of Jack and Helen Finlay. John received a BS degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland and a MS degree in Bacteriology from Ohio State University. He married Carolyn W on June 3, 1949. John was a WWII, U.S. Navy veteran who served as an Aviation Radioman aboard PBMs and PB4-Y2s, was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force, received his pilot wings and Instructor Pilot status and flew for 27 years serving as Commander, 10th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Hahn AFB, Germany during the transition from F-100D to F-4D aircraft and volunteered for Vietnam. Leading a flight of three F-4D Phantom Jets, John was shot down and held as a Prisoner of War at the well-known "Hanoi Hilton" until all POWs were released on March 14, 1973. Upon his release, John was assigned to the Eastern Test Range, Patrick AFB as Director of Range Support until retirement. John went back to work April 28, 1980 as a Senior Engineer for Planning Research Corporation (PRC) and as Senior Engineer for Lockheed at the Kennedy Space Center, FL until 1990. His awards include: Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Carolyn; children, Carol Ann of Sevierville, TN and John, IV (Mary) of Cary, NC; grandchildren, John, V of Raleigh, NC, Brian of Fayetteville, NC and brother, King (Ginny) of Quakerstown, PA. He was preceded in death by son, Robert. A graveside Memorial Service will be held on June 29, 2012. Published in FLORIDA TODAY on May 20, 2012.
JOHN STEWART FINLAY, III of Indian River Colony in Melbourne, FL died at home - he was the son of Jack and Helen Finlay. John received a BS degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland and a MS degree in Bacteriology from Ohio State University. He married Carolyn W on June 3, 1949. John was a WWII, U.S. Navy veteran who served as an Aviation Radioman aboard PBMs and PB4-Y2s, was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force, received his pilot wings and Instructor Pilot status and flew for 27 years serving as Commander, 10th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Hahn AFB, Germany during the transition from F-100D to F-4D aircraft and volunteered for Vietnam. Leading a flight of three F-4D Phantom Jets, John was shot down and held as a Prisoner of War at the well-known "Hanoi Hilton" until all POWs were released on March 14, 1973. Upon his release, John was assigned to the Eastern Test Range, Patrick AFB as Director of Range Support until retirement. John went back to work April 28, 1980 as a Senior Engineer for Planning Research Corporation (PRC) and as Senior Engineer for Lockheed at the Kennedy Space Center, FL until 1990. His awards include: Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Carolyn; children, Carol Ann of Sevierville, TN and John, IV (Mary) of Cary, NC; grandchildren, John, V of Raleigh, NC, Brian of Fayetteville, NC and brother, King (Ginny) of Quakerstown, PA. He was preceded in death by son, Robert. A graveside Memorial Service will be held on June 29, 2012. Published in FLORIDA TODAY on May 20, 2012.


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  • Added: May 20, 2012
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/90421967/john_stewart-finlay: accessed ), memorial page for Col John Stewart Finlay III (29 Jun 1927–30 Oct 2011), Find a Grave Memorial ID 90421967, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA; Maintained by palsg (contributor 46888396).