Tominac, John, COL

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 3rd Infantry Division
Service Years
1941 -
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Cold War Certificate

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Colonel


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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Conemaugh, PA
Last Address
Johnstown

Date of Passing
Jul 11, 1998
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Honorably Discharged WW II Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961 French Fourragere

3rd Infantry Division


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1944, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society


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Last Known Activity



Col Tominac is a local soldier from my hometown, he was born in Conemaugh, PA a small brough within the larger town of Johnstown, Pa

   
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Citation:

Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company I, 15th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Saulx de Vesoul, France, 12 September 1944. Entered service at: Conemaugh, Pennsylvania. Birth: Conemaugh, Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 20, 29 March 1945.

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyone the call of duty on 12 September 1944, in an attack on Saulz de Vesoul, France, 1st LT Tominac charged alone over 50 yards of exposed terrain onto an enemy roadblock to dispatch a 3 man crew of German machine gunners with a single burst from his Thompson machinegun.

After smashing the enemy outpost, he led 1 of his squads in the annihilation of a second hostile group defended by mortar, machinegun, automatic pistol, rifle and grenade fire, 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 supporting tank, setting it afire with a direct hit. A fragment from the same shell painfully wounded 1st LT Tominac in the shoulder, knocking him to the ground. As the crew abandoned the M-4 Tank, which was rolling down the hill toward the enemy, 1st LT Tominac picked himself up and jumped onto the hull of the burning vehicle. Despite withering enemy machinegun, mortar, pistol, and sniper fire, which was ricocheting off the hull and turret of the M-4, 1st LT Tominac 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 machinegun fire on the roadblock, the SP gun, and the supporting German infantrymen, and forced the enemy to withdraw from his prepared position. Jumping off the tank before it exploded, 1st LT Tominac refused evacuation despite his painful wound.

Calling upon a sergeant to extract the shell fragments from his shoulder with a pocketknife, he continued to direct the assault, led his squad in a hand-grenade attack against a fortified position occupied by 32 of the enemy armed with machineguns, machine pistols, and rifles, and compelled them to surrender. His outstanding heroism and exemplary leadership resulted in the destruction of 4 successive enemy defensive positions, surrender of a vital sector of the city Saulx de Vesoul, and the death or capture of at least 60 of the enemy.


   
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 Unit Assignments
3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry 3rd Infantry Division
  1944-1945, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry
  1944-1945, 3rd Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1943-1943 Sicily Campaign (1943)/Operation Husky
  1944-1944 D-Day Glider Landings/Mission Detroit
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Southern France Campaign (1944)/Operation Dragoon
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1945-1945 Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Victory in Europe Day (VE Day - 8May45)
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
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