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Interment - SF1C Frank W. Tomberlin, US Navy WWII Veteran - Pearl Harbor Survivor,
April 20, 2013 Susanville, CA


The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited by the family of fallen US Navy - World War II Veteran and Pearl Harbor Survivor, SF1C Frank W. Tomberlin, to stand and honor during his interment service at the Diamond Crest Cemetery, Susanville, CA. SF1C Frank W. Tomberlin served his country proudly from 27 Sept 1940 to 2 Jan 1946.

SF1C Frank W. Tomberlin served during World War II aboard the USS Henley, a Bagley class Destroyer as a Ship fitter. The USS Henley was moored in Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 when the Japanese attacked. Getting underway soon after the raid commenced, she engaged enemy aircraft and submarines inside and outside the harbor. During the following weeks, Henley took part in the abortive Wake Island relief expedition and was employed in antisubmarine patrols and escort duties between the U.S. west coast, Hawaii, and the south Pacific. During the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942, she rescued survivors of the disabled oiler Neosho. In early August 1942, Henley helped escort the invasion force during the landings on Guadalcanal and Tulagi. She participated in the early weeks of the campaign to hold Guadalcanal, but thereafter operated off Australia and New Guinea. She was part of a surface action group assigned to protect the Allied lodgment at Milne Bay, New Guinea, during the last several months of 1942 and assisted with the occupation of Trobriand Islands in June 1943. During the landings at Finschafen, New Guinea, in late September, Henley escorted the invasion force and helped to protect the beachhead against Japanese aerial counterattacks. On the night of 3 October 1943, during an anti-submarine sweep near Finschafen, USS Henley was torpedoed by the Japanese submarine RO-108 and soon sank, with the loss of several of her crewmen. SF1C Frank W. Tomberlin completed the rest of the war aboard the destroyer USS Lyman Swenson.

SF1C Frank W. Tomberlin was decorated with the following Decorations and Citations – Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal (2 Silver Stars) – American Defense (1 Star) – Philippine Liberation Medal (1Star) - Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

SF1C Frank W. Tomberlin left the US Navy and settled in the San Francisco Bay area as a plumber then retired after 32 years to the Westwood, CA area where he again went to work for the Westwood High School until 1985. SF1C Frank W. Tomberlin continued to live in the Westwood area until his passing.

SF1C Frank W. Tomberlin was a proud US Navy veteran. Because of his love of life, his sense of humor and his love for his family, he will be missed by many.





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