CDR Charles Edward Tolman

CDR Charles Edward Tolman

Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 2 Feb 1943 (aged 39)
Memorial Site* Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines

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Entered the service from Massachusetts.


Commander Tolman became the commanding officer of USS De Haven (DD-469) upon her commissioning on 21 September 1942. The destroyer steamed to the South Pacific in November 1942 and supported operations in the Solomon Islands. On the afternoon of 1 February 1943, while escorting landing craft, De Haven was attacked by six Japanese dive bombers. Fighting off the attackers, the destroyer downed three enemy planes before a bomb struck her navigating bridge, stopped her, and killed Tolman. Two more hits and a near miss doomed De Haven, which sank within two minutes. Tolman was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his valiant leadership.

Bio by: Tim Cook


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  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56763910
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for CDR Charles Edward Tolman (25 Jun 1903–2 Feb 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56763910, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by War Graves (contributor 6) .