John A. Finneran was born in New York in 1921. In Rye his family lived at Manursing Lodge. John was a Rye High School Graduate, Class of 1938. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
John A. Finneran
John A. Finneran was born in New York on May 22, 1921. His family included his father John, his mother Agnes, and his older brother George and they lived In Rye at Manursing Lodge. John’s father had a high school education, and worked as a successful broker. John’s mother had a high school education, and was a homemaker.
John was a proud member of the Rye High School class of 1938. In high school John was a member of the National Honors Society, and participated in chess club, band, stagecraft, and drivers club.
After high school, John enrolled in college, but his education was interrupted by the outbreak of World War II. During John’s 3rd year of college (October, 1942), he was drafted into the US Army Air Corps. Promoted Corporal, John Albert Finneran returned home to Rye from Leyte in February 1946 where he had served with the
13th Air Force headquarters. It had been established on 14 December 1942 at Plaine Des Gaiacs Airfield, on New Caledonia, 13 AF was a United States Army Air Forces combat air force deployed to the Pacific Theater of World War II. It engaged in operations primarily in the South Pacific, attacking enemy forces in the Solomon Islands, Gilbert and Marshall Islands campaigns; Mariana and Palau Islands campaigns and the Philippines campaign (1944–45). John had been in the service for 40 months and received an honorable discharge..
On Dec. 7, 2006, John Finneran, 85, of Morro Bay died at a local care center. He was survived by his nephew Brian.
FINNERAN - John Finneran, 85, of Morro Bay died at a local care center Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006. Arrangements are under the direction of Benedict-Rettey Mortuary in Morro Bay.
Published in San Luis Obispo County Tribune on Dec. 9, 2006.