b. 03/06/1893 Prolog, Bosnia. d. 07/12/1941 Pearl Harbour, Hawaii.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 07/12/1941 Pearl Harbour, Hawaii.
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. He was also known as Petar Tonic. A Croatian immigrant, Peter Tomich was naturalized in 1918 and enlisted in the US Navy in 1919. He was in charge of the boiler room aboard the USS Utah at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack. After the ship was torpedoed, Peter went down the hatch, got his men out from the sinking vessel, secured the boilers, and refused to leave his post as the Utah rolled over in the water. His body was lost at sea and never recovered. On March 4, 1942, Mr. Tomich was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by FDR. No one ever claimed the medal as no next of kin could be found. The medal, which has been displayed on ships and in government buildings and museums, is now being shown at the Washington Navy Yard Museum. He has a Medal of Honor IN MEMORY OF cenotaph marker in All Souls Cemetery, Chardon, Ohio.
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.
BURIAL LOCATION: MISSING.
CENOTAPH AT ALL SOULS CEMETERY, CHARDON, OHIO,
ON MEMORIAL OF MISSING, HONOLULU, HAWAII.
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