Florida Fallen Stories

Photo courtesy of Mark Krancer

Homer Bryan Sumner

Ordinary Seaman. One of nine children of Jefferson Davis Sumner (1862-1906) and Mildred (Mittie) Roberts (1866-1941). Born in Dade City, Florida, December 31, 1899, he moved to Tampa, where he attended Hillsborough High School and worked summers as a clerk for Maas Bros., a leading department store. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard at Tampa December 16, 1916. Address: 207 East Park Avenue, Tampa. (USCG Service Card; Veterans Administration Master Index)


Wambolt and Homer Sumner, one of three sets of brothers lost on the Tampa.



Homer Bryan Sumner was on board the USCGC Tampa. To read about the Tampa, please click here.