Saturday, March 26, 2011

Francis L. Toner IV, Navy, Lieutenant j.g. -- Rest In Peace

Francis L. Toner IV, 26

Navy, Lieutenant j.g.
Based: Camp Shaheen, Mazar-E-Sharif, Afghanistan
Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan
Supporting: Operation Enduring Freedom
Died: March 27, 2009
Camp Shaheen, Mazar-E-Sharif, Afghanistan
Gender: Male
Hometown: Westlake Village
High School: Westlake High (Westlake Village)
He was the person people always wanted to be around.

A standout football player and homecoming king, Francis L. Toner IV had a smile for everyone at Westlake High School in Westlake Village.

"The kid was pure goodness," said Christina Harrison, who taught him U.S. government in his senior year.

Toner, a Navy lieutenant junior grade, and another Navy officer were shot and killed March 27 when an Afghan National Army soldier opened fire at Forward Operating Base Shaheen near Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan's Balkh province, which borders Uzbekistan. He was 26.

Navy Lt. Florence B. Choe, 35, of El Cajon, Calif., also died in the attack.
Toner had been in Afghanistan for five months and was due home last Wednesday to visit his wife, Brooke, in Idaho, and other family members, said his aunt, Linda Moosekian of Newbury Park.

Toner's wish was to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his father and stepmother, Frank and Sharon Toner; his mother, Becky Toner; two brothers, Michael and John; and a sister, Amanda.
Read the entire LA Times article about Navy Lieutenant Francis L. Toner IV here,
see a memorial Facebook page,
and find much more about Lieutenant Toner at

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