Army Badge
  • Name: Sylvester Washington Tomberlin
  • Location of Birth: Stearns County, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: August 18, 1890
  • Date of Death: KIA - September 26, 1918
  • Parents: John Tomberlin & Melissa (Cunningham) Tomberlin
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  • College:
  • Highest Rank: CPL (Corporal)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: September 21, 1917
  • Place Sworn In: Deer River, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge:
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  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    September 1917 Co. M, 475th Infantry
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  • Military Highlights:
    World War I Registration Card – 1917-1918
    Name: Sylvester Tomberlin
    Age: 26
    Home Address: Deer River, Minnesota
    Date of Birth: August 18, 1890
    Citizenship: Natural born
    Place of Birth: Eden Valley, Minnesota, USA
    Citizen of other Country:
    Present Occupation: Farm hand
    Employer: John Allen, Deer River
    Dependents: No
    Marital Status: Single
    Race: Caucasion
    Previous Military Service: None
    Claim exemption from draft: No
    Tall, medium or short: Medium
    Slender, medium or stout: Medium
    Color of eyes: Blue
    Color of hair: Dark brown
    Bald? No
    Any disability: No
    Date of registration: June 5, 1917
    Place of registration: Deer River, Itasca, Minnesota

    Newspaper article: Brainerd Dispatch, Brainerd, Minnesota - October 19, 1921 - "LAST HONORS PAID HEROES OF WAR - All Brainerd and Nearby Communities Join in Paying Tribute to Man Who Died For Country - Corporal Sylvester W. Tomberlin Laid to Rest in Evergreen Cemetery - Corporal Sylvester Washington Tomberlin was born on August 18th, 1890, near Eden Valley, Stearns County, Minnesota, and was the son of John Tomberlin and Melissa Tomberlin of 520 8th St., NE, Brainerd, Minnesota. He was inducted into the service at Deer River, Itasca County, Minnesota, on September 21, 1917 and assigned to Co. M, 47th Infantry, as a private, and later promoted to a Corporal. While in the front line trenches in France, he was injured at Saone at Loire, France on July 31st, 1918, being a gunshot wound in the index finger of the left hand. He also was reported missing in action on July 30, 1918. On September 21, 1918, Mr. Tomberlin received a letter from his son that he was wounded and at date of the letter was in a hospital, and was recovering. On September 25th, 1918, Corporal Tomberlin returned to duty and was killed in action on September 26, 1918. He was temporarily buried in the Argonne American Cemetery. The deceased is survived by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J. Tomberlin; and three brothers and sisters, Hozey Tomberlin of Brainerd, Mrs. Anna Ferguson, Deer River, Minnesota, and Mrs. Sadie Mason, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Hozey Tomberlin also served in the army of the United States."

  • Wars Involved:
    World War I

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  • Civilian Life:
    The Grand Rapids American Legion Post #60 originally was named in memory of him as the post was comprised of veterans from all of Itasca County. After more American Legion posts were formed in the county, the name of the Grand Rapids post was renamed the McVeigh-Dunn Post #60 in March 1921.

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