Friday, July 31, 2009

Dedication of the LT Toner Firehouse

Today was the dedication of the LTjg Francis Toner IV Firehouse on Camp Spann. It was a solemn occasion. LT Toner was an engineer by trade. He was the Northern Region Garrison Engineer, and as such mentored the Afghan base engineers and by all accounts did a superb job. He also planned buildings on the Camp. The most significant of which is the firehouse that now bears his name. He was spoken of as a good friend, a motivator and a Godly man.

Like many of us who are here from the Navy, LT Toner was an Individual Augmentee. He was stationed in Hawaii. He went through workup training at Ft Riley.

On 27 March 2009 LT Toner was running laps around the perimeter of Camp Shaheen. Camp Spann is located within the limits of Camp Shaheen. He was running with a buddy as were two female Naval Officers. On their second lap around the perimeter an ANA guard came down from the tower and shot the two female sailors. LT Toner with no regard for his own safey charged toward the assailant. He was fatally shot while attempting to protect his comrades. The assailant then took his own life with his weapon. LT Toner is survived by his spouse Brooke Toner and his parents. LT Florence Choe, USN was killed by the insurgent/traitor as well.

For his actions LT Tonerwas awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V.

Let us remember his actions and life proudy.


  1. The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 08/03/2009 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

  2. I am dedicating this post to all of our soldiers in Iraq and other states fighting for our country! Young men get drafted into the army and most are not really aware of the corruptness of the government with every political issue or economic issue.
    These young men in the army are literally fighting for their lives since it is their 'nations duty'
    Lets all take a moment and really admire our talented individuals fighting for our lives too..

  3. Dear Mr Cartridge,
    I appreciate your concern and dedication to my brothers and sisters in arms who are in harms way.
    But I would like to take the time to educate you on one point. There is no draft in the United States. All personnel who join any of our Armed Services are volunteers. In Afghanistan it is not as much Our Nations duty as it is the duty of all civilized nations to allow the people and children of Afghanistan to have the opportunity to live in peace with a well developed national government.
    Thank you for your comment,
    Doc H

  4. Proud Widow of LTJG Francis L Toner IV, Brooke TonerOctober 24, 2009 at 10:58 PM

    I am Frankie Toner's wife and widow, and randomly came across your blog. I appreciate your service, and your account of my husband. The dedication and your post were on my birthday - and I cannot think of a a more meaningful gift, than a beautiful remembrance of my husband and forever love. Thank you. Go Navy!

  5. I am Frankie's sister and I agree with everything that Brooke said. Thank you so so much for sharing my brothers story and helping to keep his memory alive.

  6. To Brooke and the Toner Family,

    I am deeply and sincerely touched by your comments. I know no amount of writing or dedication can bring back the man that you love. My hope is the knowledge that Frankie's name will be forever emlbazoned on his building will bring you at least one measure closer to attaining peace.

  7. Thank you for the honor you give to Frank Lawrence Toner,IV. May he rest in peace.