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First Name: Lester

Last Name: Hammond

Birthplace: Wayland, MO, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Quincy, IL

Date of Birth: 25 March 1931

Date of Death: 14 August 1952

Rank: Corporal

Years Served:
Lester Hammond, Jr.

•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)


Lester Hammond, Jr.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
Korean War

Lester Hammond, Jr. was born on 25 March 1931 in Wayland, MO. He was a Corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on 14 August 1952.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company A, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team

Place and date: Near Kumwha, Korea, 14 August 1952

Entered service at: Quincy, IL

G.O. No.: 63, 17 August 1953


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.

Other Medals

In addition to the Medal of Honor, Corporal Hammond was awarded the Purple Heart.

Death and Burial

Lester Hammond, Jr. was killed in action on 14 August 1952. He is buried at the Sunset Cemetery in Quincy, IL.

Honoree ID: 1167   Created by: MHOH




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