S: LTJG Francis L. Toner IV - Silver Star
FC: Francis L. Toner IV Lieutenant Junior Grade, Civil Engineer Corps, United States Navy Silver Star - September 23, 2011
1: In Memory Francis L. Toner IV LTJG, CEC, USN September 26, 1982 - March 27, 2009
4: The Silver Star Medal
5: The third-highest combat military decoration awarded for valor
8: Mullen Presents Silver Star to Fallen Sailor's Widow WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2011 – The nation's top military officer today presented a posthumous Silver Star to the widow of a heroic Navy officer who was killed in Afghanistan. During a ceremony at the Navy Memorial here, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen told the hundreds of people in attendance that Lt. j.g. Francis L. Toner faced death “tragically and heroically.” Toner, 26, was deployed to Afghanistan with an embedded training team as garrison engineer mentor for the Afghan National Army's 209th Corps at Forward Operating Base Shaheen, near Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan. He and three other officers were exercising, running around the camp's perimeter on March 27, 2009, when an enemy fighter who had infiltrated the Afghan army attacked with a firearm. Brooke Toner: Life After the Knock on the Door WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2011 – Brooke Toner was 28 years old the day she heard the knock on her door. That knock brought the news every military spouse dreads: for Brooke, it meant her husband of less than three years was never coming home. “It was the worst day of my life,” she told the capacity crowd gathered at the Navy Memorial here yesterday for the award ceremony honoring her husband, Navy Lt. j.g. Francis L. Toner IV. Toner died in Afghanistan while defending fellow service members from an enemy who had infiltrated the Afghan National Army. The Americans were unarmed and on a physical training run when the gunman started shooting. Toner accosted the man and bought time for another service member to seek help. After Brooke accepted her husband's posthumous Silver Star from Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, she told American Forces Press Service how she felt about the event, and how her life has changed since that knock on the door in 2009. Ceremony Reveals Threads Connecting Military Life WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2011 – The threads connecting military services, organizations and individuals became apparent during a ceremony at the Navy Memorial here today, which honored the bravery and sacrifice of Navy Lt. j.g. Francis L. Toner, who was killed March 27, 2009, in Afghanistan. The event also demonstrated “the way the road winds through lives that we have come to know,” Mullen said, noting that many of the connections Toner had made in his military life were visible during the ceremony. Among these connections were the Seabees, the Navy's construction battalion community, of which Toner was part, as a Civil Engineer Corps officer. The admiral introduced another officer who was along on Toner's last run, presenting him to the audience only as “Carlos.” “Frank Toner was a great friend, a great sailor and an officer,” Carlos said. He in turn asked other friends from Afghanistan to stand, and said, “The military has made us one family.” * Excerpts above are from articles written by Karen Parrish, American Forces Press Service.