WWII Navy chief reunited, in spirit, with his ship's bell
NEWPORT, R.I. – A Navy chief who died saving his shipmates during the attack on Pearl Harbor has been reunited, in spirit, in Rhode Island with the bell from his ship.
The hall where the Navy's senior enlisted-leaders study is named for Chief Peter Tomich.
The bell from the ship he served on — the USS Utah — was recently put on display at the Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport, which is part of the U.S. Naval War College.
Senior Chief James Werner, a student, says he feels like the bell is at home.
The Utah was torpedoed by Japanese aircraft Dec. 7, 1941.
Tomich stayed below decks to make sure sailors had left their stations.
Years later, the Navy loaned the ship's bell to the University of Utah. The academy is borrowing it.