Tomcho, Frank George, S1c

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Last Rank
Seaman First Class
Last Primary NEC
S1c-0000-Seaman 1st Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman First Class
Primary Unit
1942-1944, S1c-0000, USS Corry (DD-463)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Seaman First Class

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Olyphant, PA
Last Address
104 Bosaks Court
Olyphant, PA

Casualty Date
Jun 06, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
English Channel
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Wall/Plot Coordinates
D 4 21

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Last Known Activity

Upon arriving off the coast of Normandy, France, USS Corry (DD-463) headed for Iles Saint-Marcouf, her station for fire support on the front lines at Utah Beach. On D-Day morning 6 June 1944 she fired several hundred rounds of 5-inch ammunition at numerous onshore targets. As H-Hour (0630) neared, when troops would begin fighting their way onto the beaches, the plane assigned to lay smoke for Corry to conceal her from enemy fire was suddenly shot down, leaving Corry fully exposed to German gunners, who were now firing at her in full fury. At approximately H-Hour, during a duel with a shore battery, Corry suffered direct heavy-caliber artillery hits in her engineering spaces amidships. With her rudder jammed, she went around in a circle before all steam was lost. Still under heavy fire, Corry began sinking rapidly with her keel broken and a foot-wide crack across her main deck amidships. After the order to abandon ship, crewmembers fought to survive in bone-chilling water for more than two hours as they awaited rescue under constant enemy fire from German shore gunners. Of her crew, 24 were killed and 60 were wounded.

S1c Tomcho was killed in action.
   
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Service number: 6508614

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (Newport, RI)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Corry (DD-463)
  1942-1944, S1c-0000, USS Corry (DD-463)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Operation Torch/Naval Battle of Casablanca
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Leader
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Antisubmarine Operations 15 June 1942 to 2 September 1945
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Feb 16, 1942, WWII draft card1
  Nov 01, 1942, Promoted to S2c
  Apr 01, 1943, Promoted to S1c
  Jun 17, 1944, 5 Casualties Are Added to Regional List1
  May 03, 1950, Application for WWII Compensation1
  May 10, 2020, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
WWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II Fallen
D-Day Fallen
  2020, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2020, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2020, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2020, World War II Fallen
  2020, D-Day Fallen
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