Eugene Tomal was born in Chicago March 16, 1925. He was the son of Jasper and Sophie Tomal. He graduated from Lindblom High School where he was a co-captain of the senior swimming team. He was killed in action November 28, 1944 during the Moiselle-Saar campaign. Tomal is buried in the Luxemburg American Cemetery Plot G, Row 6, Grave 11.
The 359th Infantry 1st and 3rd Battalions were attached to the 4th Division for the D Day landing. Tomal's company assignment has not been found yet. In any event, he landed at Utah Beach on D Day, or within a couple of days thereafter. According to information from a fellow collector, PFC Tomal was a replacement in Co. L on November 16, just after the Moselle River crossing. He was killed just 2 weeks later.
This group includes PFC Tomal's officially engraved posthumous slot brooch Purple Heart with pantograph style engraving, presentation box with lapel pin, ribbon bar, and transmittal card from Roland Walsh. Also included is his burial flag marked "Philadelphia Q.M. Depot". There is a handwritten note that reads "My brother Gene's flag from service memorial" This would have been written by his sister, Virginia.
SOLD to a collector 04-2021