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John Joseph Tominac

 

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Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Arlington National Cemetery
  66-5141 

BORN:  April 29, 1922 at Conemaugh, PA

Entered Service in the US Army from Conemaugh, PA

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on September 12, 1944 at Saulx de Vesoul, France

DIED:  July 11, 1998 at the age of 76

In an attack on Saulx de Vesoul, France, First Lieutenant Tominac charged over 50 yards of exposed terrain onto an enemy roadblock to dispatch a three-man crew. He then led one of his squads in the annihilation of a second hostile group, killing about 30 of the enemy. Reaching the suburbs of the town, he advanced 50 yards ahead of his men to reconnoiter a third enemy position which commanded the road with a 77-mm SP gun supported by infantry elements. The SP gun opened fire on his tank, setting it afire with a direct hit. A fragment from the same shell wounded him in the shoulder, knocking him to the ground. As the crew abandoned the M-4 tank, which was rolling down hill toward the enemy, First Lieutenant Tominac picked himself up and jumped onto the hull of the burning vehicle. Despite enemy fire which was ricocheting off the hull and turret, he climbed to the turret and gripped the 50-caliber antiaircraft machinegun. Plainly silhouetted against the sky, painfully wounded, and with the tank burning beneath his feet, he directed bursts of fire on the roadblock and forced the enemy to withdraw. Jumping off the tank before it exploded, he refused evacuation, calling upon a sergeant to extract the shell fragments from his shoulder with a pocketknife.

 

 

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