Friday, August 12, 2016

Another passes

Yesterday saw the sendoff of another of the generation who saved the world.  Via Patriot Guard Riders:
Lt. Col. James D. Hammond, Jr. USMC(ret), WWII/Korea, Canton, GA 11 Aug 16

The family of Lt. Col. James D. Hammond, Jr. has requested the Patriot Guard to honor their loved one and our hero.  It is our honor to do so.  We will stand a flag line at Georgia National Cemetery for his interment service.

Lt. Col. Hammond graduated from George Washington High School and attended Virginia Military Institute.  He served in the Marine Corps during WWII with the 2nd Marines and was part of the Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa campaigns.  Lt. Col. Hammond served at Chosin Reservoir with Dog Company, 2nd Bn, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division in Korea.  He retired from active duty in 1965 and from the Marine Corps reserves in 1983.

Lt. Col. Hammond earned two National Defense Service Medals, a United States Service Medal, a Korean Defense Medal with 3 bronze stars, and a Korean Presidential Unit Citation.
Saipan, Tinian, Okinawa, Chosin.  There's an honor roll for you.  Rest in peace, sir.  And may flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest.