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Could this be true?! Helmet liner of John J Tominac

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Recently I was able to purchase this helmet liner.

The first thing I do when I want to purchase any named items is looking them up on the internet.

My search for captain Tominac, 3rd armored division surprised me very much.

It turned out that his helmet liner once belonged to John J Tominac, when he was a captain in the 3rd armored during the 50's.

When I looked him up, I was amazed to read he was a recipient of the medal of honor during WWII, an amazing story!

 

The liner itself isn't in perfect condition, as it has a lot of what looks like paint stains and cracks.

However, the story behind it from the man who once wore it made it all worth it.

 

 

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Attached is a picture of him as captain in the 3rd armored.

His medal of honor citation reads:

 

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to First Lieutenant (Infantry) John Joseph Tominac, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on 12 September 1944, while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action in an attack on Saulx de Vesoul, France First Lieutenant Tominac charged alone over 50 yards of exposed terrain onto an enemy roadblock to dispatch a three-man crew of German machine gunners with a single burst from his Thompson machinegun after smashing the enemy outpost, he led one 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 First Lieutenant Tominac 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 withering enemy machinegun, mortar, pistol, and sniper fire, which was ricocheting off the hull and turret of the M-4, First Lieutenant Tominac climbed to the turret and gripped the 50-caliber anti-aircraft 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, First Lieutenant 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 four 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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Wow! What a story!


Collecting 3rd Armored Division items of all kinds from all eras, specializing in the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment.

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What an amazing story ! He truly is a hero.


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Good afternoon,

 

The MOH citation is for 1st Lt John J Tominac, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, not 3rd Armored Division..

Without supporting documentation that 1st Lt Tominac transferred to the 3rd Armored Division in the 1950s, there is no way to connect this liner to the MOH recipient. There is a 1960s era portait of him online, and he seems to still be in an infantry unit rather than armored.


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Looking to buy D-Day and 101st/82nd related groupings

Doolittle Raider Jacob DeShazer: 'If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord', and believe in your heart that God raise Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9)

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Great find!

Great provenance!

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Bringing this back to top, because I was wondering if more of you think it is indeed the liner from John J Tominac


Looking to buy D-Day and 101st/82nd related groupings

Doolittle Raider Jacob DeShazer: 'If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord', and believe in your heart that God raise Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9)

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