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Corp Lester Hammond, Jr

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Corp Lester Hammond, Jr

  • Birth 25 Mar 1931 Wayland, Clark County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 14 Aug 1952 North Korea
  • Burial Quincy, Adams County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 7856970

Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Hammond served as a Corporal, United States Army, Company A, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team. He was awarded his medal posthumously for service Near Kumwha, Korea, on August 14, 1952. His citation reads-Cpl. Hammond, a radio operator with Company A, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. Cpl. Hammond was a member of a 6 man reconnaissance patrol which had penetrated approximately 3,500 yards into enemy-held territory. Ambushed and partially surrounded by a large hostile force, the small group opened fire, then quickly withdrew up a narrow ravine in search of protective cover. Despite a wound sustained in the initial exchange of fire and imminent danger of being overrun by the numerically superior foe, he refused to seek shelter and, remaining in an exposed place, called for artillery fire to support a defensive action. Constantly vulnerable to enemy observation and action, he coordinated and directed crippling fire on the assailants, inflicting heavy casualties and repulsing several attempts to overrun friendly positions. Although wounded a second time, he remained steadfast and maintained his stand until mortally wounded. His indomitable fighting spirit set an inspiring example of valor to his comrades and, through his actions, the onslaught was stemmed, enabling a friendly platoon to reach the beleaguered patrol, evacuate the wounded, and effect a safe withdrawal to friendly lines. Cpl. Hammond's unflinching courage and consummate devotion to duty reflect lasting glory on himself and uphold the finest traditions of the military service .

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  • Added: 10 Sep 2003
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Corp Lester Hammond, Jr (25 Mar 1931–14 Aug 1952), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7856970, citing Sunset Cemetery, Quincy, Adams County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .