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CMOHS.org - Chief Watertender TOMICH, PETER, U.S. Navy

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TOMICH, PETER

Rank: Chief Watertender
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 3 June 1893, Prolog, Austria
Departed: Yes
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Accredited To: New Jersey
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Citation

For distinguished conduct in the line of his profession, and extraordinary courage and disregard of his own safety, during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor by the Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. Although realizing that the ship was capsizing, as a result of enemy bombing and torpedoing, Tomich remained at his post in the engineering plant of the U.S.S. Utah, until he saw that all boilers were secured and all fireroom personnel had left their stations, and by so doing lost his own life.