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SSgt John Otis Finnicum

Pfc Finnicum appears on line 42 of the Admiral Benson's manifest

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Pfc John Finnicum was captured in Normandy, France on D-Day and remained a POW throughout the war.

He was returned to military control from Stalag 4F + Work Camps Hartmannsdorf-Chemnitz Saxony 51-12 on 10 May 1945.  He was quickly processed and placed on Movement Orders (Group RO 1049-2-B).

John boarded the USS Admiral W. S. Benson and arrived in New York City harbor on 12 June 1945.

Grave marker for SSgt John O. Finnicum in the Clinton City Cemetery, Clinton (Sampson County), North Carolina.

SSgt John O. Finnicum was a member of Co F during WW-II.  He was taken prisoner and spent 15 months as a POW. 

John stayed in the Army after the war ended and saw service in at least three other conflicts.  During the 1950's he served in the Korean Conflict and during the mid-1960s he found himself embroiled in the Santo Domingo Crisis where he earned a Silver Star for gallantry

Sgt. Finnicum was sent to Viet Nam in May of 1966 as a member of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment and was fatally wounded only 10 days after his return there from furlough.

He was married to Belva Gertrude "Rose" Piner.

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