Laverne Leroy Tompkins

M, #15202, b. 1913, d. 6 April 1944
Father*Wilsey L Tompkins b. 11 Apr 1889, d. 5 Oct 1962
Mother*Lottie H Bush b. 1888
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Birth*1913 Laverne Leroy Tompkins was born in 1913 at Nebraska age 17 in 1930. 
(InHomeOf) Census19201920 He appeared on the 1920 census in the household of Wilsey L Tompkins, ED 223 sht 11b #228-241 1105 Grant Ave, York City Ward 2, York Co., Nebraska. His info on the census included - Tompkins, Laverne L 7 b.NE. 
(InHomeOf) Census19301930 Laverne Leroy Tompkins appeared on the 1930 census in the household of Wilsey L Tompkins, ED 15 sht 21b #574-545, Hastings, Adams Co., Nebraska. His info on the census included - Tompkins, La Verne L 17 b.NE. 
Marriage*after 1930 Laverne Leroy Tompkins married Lida Christine Sanders, daughter of Albert Zacharia Sanders and Mattie Labelle Mathews, after 1930. 
Death*6 April 1944 Laverne Leroy Tompkins died on 6 April 1944 at Naval Ammunition Depot, Hastings, Adams Co., Nebraska, The official Navy history lists only two explosions, but four occurred, all in 1944. The first was on January 27, when a six-inch shell which was being gauged exploded in the black powder building. Three Negro men of the Negro Ordnance Battalion were killed: Adolph Johnson, Jesse Wilson, and J.D. Miles. Three streets at the depot were named after them. Four months later, during the early morning hours of April 6, a second explosion occurred in the bomb and mine loading area. One hundred thousand pounds of explosives blew up in a dual blast that occurred first in a boxcar being loaded and then in a cooling shed filled with mines and depth charges. Bodies of three persons were identified--Chester Arthur Curtis, Norris Elmer Frey and Lida Sarah Mitchell--and buried along with the ashes of five other--Lois L. Nevins Adams, Vera E Conant, Mary E. McQuaid, Keith C. Mathiasen, and Laverne L. Tompkins--in the little cemetery on the depot land, south of Inland. Their monument, erected by fellow employees reads "They gave their lives that liberty might not perish." Streets at the depot were named after these people also. Eighty-nine people were injured. The blast was felt as far away as Omaha and parts of Kansas. The April 6, 1944 Hastings Daily Tribune reported "Hastings was rocked as if an earthquake had struck the city. Windows in the downtown area were collapsed or cracked. Hastings police headquarters and telephone company operators were deluged with calls from alarmed residents. House lights flashed all over the city when it shuddered under the blast. All available police, firemen and civilian defense workers were mobilized for emergency duty. Ambulances and physicians were summoned and preparations were made at the Mary Lanning Hospital to receive the injured. Traffic on the highway leading to the depot was jammed."
Burial* He was buried at South Inland Cemetery, Clay Co., Nebraska,


Lida Christine Sanders b. 19 Dec 1914, d. 16 Feb 1997
Last Edited3 Feb 2011