CPL. LESTER HAMMOND JR.
Co. A, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team.
Kumwha, Korea
14 August 1952

hammond.jpgCpl. Hammond was serving as a radio operator for a 6 man reconnaissance patrol.

They were approx. 4 klicks into enemy-held territory when they were ambushed and surrounded by a vastly superior enemy force. The patrol engaged then tried to withdraw into a narrow ravine for cover.

In spite of wounds sustained in the initial exchange ambush, Cpl Hammond moved to an exposed position to facilitate radio communications and called for artillery fire support.

He dodged bullets as he coordinated and directed “Red Legs” fire on the enemy which effectively repulsed several attempts to overrun his position.

Wounded a second time, he refused evacuation and remained steadfast in face of an overwhelming enemy.

He stood his ground until his last breath and, as is so eloquently stated in the last line of his Medal of Honor Citation:

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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