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« on: November 24, 2007, 02:19:02 PM »

 20th Century G.I. is sad to announce that Sam Finn of South County, St. Louis, MO, has passed-on.  Sam was a member of the 4th Ranger Batalion, First Special Service Force and the 474 Infantry Regement during WWII.  Sam is one of the founding members of the Ranger Veterans Association.  Sam's claim to fame during WWII was sitting at Mussolini's desk and smoking one of his cigars! 

I first meet Sam and his wife shortley after there return from Anzio, Italy during the 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Rome, which was first entered by members of the First Special Service Force, Sam was amongst them. 

Sam was buried at Jefferson Barracks cemetary on 21 November 2007 Secition L.

As with all Veterans, Sam will especially be missed as he was one of our own.

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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2008, 09:38:58 PM »

We are looking at honoring Sam during the Sunday morning convoy to the cemetery during WWII Weekend.
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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2008, 11:05:07 PM »

Thank you for honoring Sam, he was a friend.  I still have the sand from the Anzio Beaches that Sam and his wife collected on there trip to Italy for the 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Rome.  When the First Special Service Force, (officially the first U.S. Army ground unit to enter Rome), Sam entered the office of Mussolini, sat at his desk, smoked one of his cigars, then he stood in the famous balcony that Mussolini stood in, and he waved at the people below... Sam, the conquering hero! 

He is missed.

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