Rank and organization:   Chief Watertender, U.S. Navy.
Birth:   3 June 1893,
Accredited to:   New Jersey.
Citation:   For distinguished
conduct in the line of his profession, and extraordinary courage and disregard
of his own safety, during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor by the
Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. Although realizing that the ship was
capsizing, as a result of enemy bombing and torpedoing, Tomich remained
at his post in the engineering plant of the U.S.S. Utah, until he saw that
all boilers were secured and all fireroom personnel had left their stations,
and by so doing lost his own life .
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)