Francis C. Hammond High School
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OUR SCHOOL HISTORY
As an adjunct to our school's overall history outlined below, we have added "remembered accounts" of individual years to this section.
Francis Colton Hammond was born November 9, 1931, in Alexandria, Virginia, the son of Harry C. Hammond and Elvira Jenkins Hammond.While still in high school, Francis Hammond worked for his future father-in-law’s construction company and played guitar in a band, performing at local events.After graduating from George Washington High School in Alexandria, he worked with his father at Timberman’s Pharmacy, an Alexandria landmark owned by his uncle.Although planning to become a pharmacist, Francis Hammond decided to join the Navy on March 20, 1951.With the realization that he would soon be shipped out to Korea, he requested and was granted permission to marry his high school sweetheart, Phyllis Ann Jenkins on June 19, 1952.
Hospitalman Francis Hammond received his orders to Korea and arrived there on February 1, 1953.After heroic efforts to assist his fallen comrades and refusing orders to withdraw even though wounded, Francis Hammond was killed in action on March 27, 1953, two weeks prior to his scheduled rotation out of the combat area.His son, Francis C. Hammond, Jr., was born seven months later. 
Hospitalman Francis Colton Hammond was laid to rest with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.The Medal of Honor was presented to his wife and infant son on December 30, 1953. 
Francis C. Hammond High School was dedicated in 1956,  and its alumni are honored to have graduated from the school bearing his name.

As an adjunct to our school's overall history outlined above, we have added "remembered accounts" of individual years to this section.
Click on year of choice for a Class "Remembered Account":
1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965
1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972  2006

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