Tolman, Charles Edward, Jr., CDR

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1943, 111X, USS De Haven (DD-469)
Service Years
1925 - 1943

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Concord, MA
Last Address
3 Academy Way
Concord, MA
(Wife Helen Tolman)

Casualty Date
Feb 02, 1943
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Courts of the Missing (cenotaph)

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World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  2015, World War II Fallen
  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2015, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, WW II Memorial National Registry

 Tributes from Members  
Name Sake - USS Tolman DM-28 posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog, TWS Memorial "A" Team), FC2 432  
History of the USS De Haven posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog, TWS Memorial "A" Team), FC2 432  
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 Duty Stations
US NavyUS Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS S-30 (SS-135)USS Spearfish (SS-190)
  1928-1929, 112X, USS O-4 (SS-65)
  1929-1932, 112X, USS S-22 (SS-127)
  1932-1934, 112X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1934-1935, 112X, USS L-7 (SS-46)
  1935-1937, 112X, USS S-30 (SS-135)
  1939-1941, 112X, USS Spearfish (SS-190)
  1942-1943, 111X, USS De Haven (DD-469)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1921-1924, United States Naval Academy2
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Feb 03, 2015, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Commander Tolman became the commanding officer of USS De Haven (DD-469) upon her commissioning on 21 September 1942. The destroyer steamed to the South Pacific in November 1942 and supported operations in the Solomon Islands. On the afternoon of 1 February 1943, while escorting landing craft, De Haven was attacked by six Japanese dive bombers. Fighting off the attackers, the destroyer downed three enemy planes before a bomb struck her navigation bridge, killed Tolman. Two more hits and a near miss doomed De Haven, which sank within two minutes. Tolman was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his valiant leadership.

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1943 Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Commander Charles Edward Tolman (NSN: 0-59559), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. DeHAVEN (DD-469), during operations in the Solomon Islands in January and February 1943. Commander Tolman operated his ship as group leader during the bombardment of enemy-held plantations on New Georgia Island and was directly responsible for demolition of important buildings and large fires and explosions in adjacent munitions dumps. On 1 February 1943, when eight Japanese dive bombers viciously attacked his ship and dropped a bomb on the navigating bridge, Commander Tolman courageously carried on until two internal explosions destroyed the DeHAVEN. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 320 (November 1943)
Action Date: January & February, 1943
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. DeHaven (DD-469)
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