|Birth: ||May 15, 1930|
|Death: ||Nov. 4, 1994|
Pvt. Aubrey D. "Buck" Hammons
Served in the U.S.Air Force during the Korean War of 1950-53. He died in Carson City NV. in Nov. of 1994 at the age of 64. The following history of Buck's life is from his sister Barbara
Buck, as he was known to his family, was born, the 5th of 8 children to James Lee and Ruth Schooler Hammons. As a child, his eyes were badly crossed and he was taken to San Francisco for corrective surgery. This was really something for the mid to late 30's.
Buck and two of his brothers, Arlie and Lloyd were just 1 year each apart in age. You never said Buck without adding Arlie and Lloyd in the sentence. When they were just young boys they ran the rattlesnake infested mountains and canyons of Paradise, CA. They once worked for weeks on a huge boulder before they managed to dislodge it and roll it off a cliff and down into the canyon. Another time, they found a box of dynamite caps in an old abandoned blacksmith shop near our house. They took them down into the canyon and detonated several in an old mine. How they survived childhood is known only to God.
Like his older brother Jim, Buck was a good horseman and broke a few wild ones. He was also an excellent shot.
Buck had a great love for his family especially his mother and father. I can still picture him, standing over our Mom's casket and crying. When our Dad was burned so badly, Buck was the only one of us to get to the hospital before he died. He said the only thing he could understand Dad saying was 'Buck'. When the cemetery notified us that Dad was buried in the wrong plot, he was the one that had to witness the removal and reburial of his beloved father.
Though married, he never had children. He had a great love and compassion for animals and rescued many sick and injured ones that he found around Carson City. He would spend money he didn't have to get them medical attention. He would name his animals for family members and Louis Lamour characters. Upon his death, in 1994, I inherited 2 of his precious cats. At this writing, one, Logan, still survives. (Logan passed on May 6 2009.)
Buck loved history. He loved every part of God's earth, be it mountains, desert or the plains. Once, the two of us walked most of the cemetery here in Carson City. It is a good memory. Another time he and Arlie and Lloyd and I took out across the desert near Stagecoach, NV. in Lloyd's four wheel pickup. What a ride that was. It was the first time since we were young that the 4 of us had done anything like that together.
It's hard to put into words and describe my brother but a few that come to mind are love, class, strong, funny and safe. He loved to kid you and could really zing you when you were least expecting it.
He was so proud that he had served in the Air Force. I think his saddest day was when he was given an Honorable Discharge due to a defect of 2 vertebrae in his back for which he spent almost a year in a military hospital after back surgery.
When he was diagnosed with prostrate cancer, he faced it and fought so hard to live. A few months before he passed, I had retired and was able to spend some very close, quality time with him for which I am so thankful.
The night Buck died, we were all beside him. He went out like the gentleman he was.
Thank you, God.
I hope all of this will give you some idea of what kind of man my brother was.
James 'Lee' Hammons (1891 - 1955)
Ruth Schooler Hammons Hollis (1895 - 1969)
James Edward Hammons (1914 - 1940)*
Forest Elvin Hammons (1916 - 1979)*
Donald Earl Hammons (1919 - 2001)*
LaVerda Ruth Hammons Gruwell (1928 - 2010)*
Aubrey Duane Hammons (1930 - 1994)
Arlie Wayne Hammons (1931 - 2008)*
Harold Lloyd Hammons (1933 - 2009)*
Merle Doyle Hammons (1936 - 1936)*
Aubrey Duane Hammons
US Air Force
May 15, 1930 November 4, 1994
Note: A very special heartfelt thank you to Herbert Rickards for giving Buck's memorial over into my care. God bless you.
Lone Mountain Cemetery
Plot: Veterans section
Maintained by: Barbara Hammons Davis, D...
Originally Created by: Herbert Rickards
Record added: Apr 12, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10762955