Wednesday, February 21, 2018

WW2 Fallen - Tank destroyer crewman Floyd Tolman

Sgt. Floyd Tolman was in a tank crew in the 803rd Tank Destroyer Battalion.
Floyd Denzil Tolman never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on February 21, 1918 in Oklahoma. His parents Napoleon (yes, Napoleon) and Anna were born in Tennessee and Texas, respectively. His father worked as a farmer and later as a contractor. Floyd had three older brothers, two younger brothers, and a younger sister. Two of his brothers served in the army and another one served in the navy. By 1940 Floyd had completed eight years of schooling and was working as a laborer while living at home.

Floyd was drafted into the army and enlisted in California on October 8, 1941. He became a sergeant in Company B, 803rd Tank Destroyer Battalion. The 803rd TDB was sent to England in June 1943. It landed on Omaha Beach on June 13, 1944. Equipped with M10 tank destroyers, it supported the attack on St. Lo. It raced across France and reached the Siegfried Line in September. In October it was in the Hurtgen Forest supporting the 30th Infantry Division where needed. On October 15, 1944, Sgt. Tolman's TD was hit, killing him and one other soldier with the other two crewmen wounded. It was the only casualties from his unit that day.

His grave is at Fairview Memorial Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Thank you Floyd for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for Floyd.

Last year on this date I profiled Major Arthur Burke, 26th Infantry Division. You can read about Arthur here.

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