Ogdensburg Journal - June 1, 1945 DeKalb Junction—The following letter was recently received by Mr. and Mrs. Orin Finley of DeKalb from a friend of their only son, Pvt. Paul Finley, who was killed in action in France, Nov. 17, 1944:
Germany, Apr. 6, 1945.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Finley:
As a personal friend and officer of Pvt. Paul Finley, I feel it my duty to write you. There is little I can say or do.
He was a member of my company all through France. He was killed immediately carrying out his orders as a spy, by mortar fire.
He endured no suffering and never knew what hit him. I was very close to him when it happened, I know it was a hard blow to you, losing such a fine boy, in every respect. I sincerely wish there was some thing I might do to soften the shock.
Paul was an excellent good soldier in every way. We have gone through many battles and experiences together. I was with him on Sept. 12 when he was shell-shocked, and he was brave.
He was doing a fine job in the highest traditions of the Army when God took him. May God comfort you. Yours sincerely, Norman Meckler, 1st. Lt. 2nd Inf., Co. B.
Gouverneur Tribune Press - October 18, 1947 Oren Finley of Old DeKalb has received a telegram from the war department that the body of his son, Pvt Paul Finley, has been shipped from Limey France and will arrive her in the near future.
Private Finley had been reported as missing but later an official confirmation of killed in action on November 7, 1944 was received by the family. He was buried at Limey France. Memorial services were held from Old DeKalb on December 24, 1944.
Private Finley was well known in this vicinity. He was the son of Oren Finley and the late Nina Snyder Finley. He was born at Philadelphia NY on April 22, 1920. After graduating form DeKalb Junction High school he took a course at the George Hall Trade School in Ogdensburg and later was employed at the Bell Aircraft in Buffalo from March 1942 to January 1944.
He was inducted into the army on January 10, 1944, serving in the infantry. After 17 weeks training at Camp Croft, South Carolina, he returned home for a short furlough and then reported for duty at Camp Mead, Md, from where he left for overseas. He was located in England and France until he went into actual battle. He was shell shocked in September of 1944.
On February 6, 1942 he was married to Miss Blanche Wells of Ogdensburg. The ceremony was performed in the parsonage at Richville by Rev. Edward J. W. Burston.
Following the arrival of the body it will be taken to the home of his sister, Mrs. Glen (May) Van Namee on the River Road where funeral services will be conducted.
Note: PVT CO B 2 Div Inf; Killed in France; 1920-1944
Burial: Hermon Cemetery Hermon St. Lawrence County New York, USA Plot: New Side (across street)
Created by: Anne Cady Record added: May 24, 2009
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