Frank Finch OAM WW2 Veteran: Ode to Shipmates

Posted on: Mon 29 Jul 2019

Frank Finch, whose maritme service spanned a massive 45 years, wrote two books  called ‘Under Three Flags’ and ‘United We Stand, Divided We fall’, and he co-authored another with Bill Lunney called ‘Forgotten Fleet’.  Frank has also written a number of poems.  At the US Army Small Ships Reunion in Sydney in 2019, Frank recited one of his poems…   ‘ODE TO SHIPMATES’

Presenter Helen Meyer


Main Photo:  Frank Finch OAM delivering the Ode To Shipmates at the US Army Transportation Corps and US Army Small Ships Reunion in Sydney 2019.

Second Photo,  Left to Right:   WW2 Veterans Keith Oliver and Don Kennedy US Consul General Sharon Hudson-Dean,   WW2 Veterans Frank Finch OAM (President US Army Small Ships Assoc), Len McLeod and Peter Lucas.

Both photos courtesy of Victor Pickel Photography, Sydney 2019



Frank Finch aged 16. Photo taken a week before he joined the US Army Small Ships Association. Photo provided by US Army Small Ships Assoc.

The towboat Volunteer (S-93) of the Small Ships Section, United States Army Services of Supply, Southwest Pacific Area (USA SOS SWPA) in an unidentified harbour. The Volunteer was acquired from the Central Launch & Engineering Co., Balmain, NSW, on 10 September 1942.  AWM

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