DE-328 General Specifications
Class: Edsall class destroyer escort
Named for: Joseph W. Finch
Complement: 186 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 1253 tons
Length: 306 feet
Beam: 36.58 feet
Flank Speed: 21 knots
Range: 10 800 nautical miles
Final Disposition:Scrapped 27 September 1974
USS FINCH (DE-328)
The second Finch (DE-328) was launched 28 August 1943
by Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.; sponsored by Miss Grace
Gushing, fiancee of Lieutenant (junior grade) Finch; and commissioned 13 December 1943, Lieutenant Commander A. H. Nienau, USNR, in command.
Finch arrived at Curacao, Netherlands West Indies, 7
March 1944, and from that time until 31 May, twice escorted
convoys of tankers laden with vital petroleum products to Casablanca
and Algiers. Extensive training in the Caribbean and in Casco Bay, Maine, prepared
her for her departure from Norfolk 28 July screening shipping to Naples
for the assault on Southern France. The escort ship returned from this
voyage to New York 31 August.
Between 29 September 1944 and 8 May 1945, Finch sailed
as escort to five convoys from New York and Boston to ports in Great
Britain. Upon the end of the European phase of the war, the escort ship
prepared for Pacific Fleet duty, and arrived at Pearl Harbor
12 July. She sailed on to Guam, where on 13 August she joined a carrier task force, which upon the
cessation of hostilities was ordered
into Leyte 17 August. Serving in the
Far East until 1 April 1946, Finch took part in occupation
activities including the evacuation of
Allied men held as prisoners of war in Korea. For 4 months she was based at Hong Kong, calling at many ports in
China, and carrying mail to Okinawa. She
returned home by way of the Indian Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, thus concluding a round-the-world cruise with her arrival at Charleston, S.C., 29
May. Finch was decommissioned and placed in reserve 4 October 1946.
From 24 August 1951 to 23 April 1954, Finch was
on loan to the Coast Guard and in commission as USCGC Finch (WDE-428).
She served on weather station duty along the west coast and in the
Far East during the Korean War. Upon her return to the Navy, she was converted
to a radar picket escort vessel. She was reclassified DER-328 on 17
August 1956, and recommissioned 17 August 1956.
Seattle was Finch's home port from 17 December 1956
through 10 September 1958, as she made regular patrols on seaborne radar
early warning duty. She arrived at Pearl Harbor 16 September 1958 for
until 16 May 1960, then sailed for San Francisco, her home port for barrier operations through 1962.
[Note: The above USS FINCH (DE-328) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS FINCH (DE-328), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]