John D Fink

John D Fink
War World War II, Korea, Cold War
Branch U.S. Navy
Rank Chief Petty Officer
Group Type
Group Name
Wall G
Direction East
Row 4
Plaque Number 06

Biography of John D. Fink

John "Dean" Fink, born October 9, 1925 enlisted in the Navy on August 8, 1943 and attended recruit training in San Diego, CA.

He served as an Electrician's Mate on the USS McCalla (DD488), USS Kirsten (AF 34), USS Walker (DDE 517), USS Gen. Breckenridge (PACFLT), and the USS Gen. Anderson (PACFLT).

In 1958 he attended Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA. After attending Submarine School at New London/Groton, CT he served on the USS Halfbeak (SS 352) and the USS Tigerone (SS 419). He was honorably discharged on July 1, 1968 and retired to Redington Shores, FL.

He remained active in veteran's affairs and attended many reunions. When asked how he would like to be

remembered he said, "I am a happy person. I wake up happy in the morning, I go to bed happy at night and I try to help people in between".

He has outlived two wives and has two children (Darla Newman & Dallas Fink), eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. After his divorce from Bonnie, his first wife, he lost track of his children for 38 years. Once they were reunited with him it was as if no time had passed at all. His second wife, Dorothy passed away in 2007. He never met a stranger and would talk to a stump if it would utter “uh huh” every now and then. His story is included in Alan Hooker's book, "My Friends & Heroes".

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