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.
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.
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.