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|32k||Francis Colton Hammond was born 09 November 1931, in Alexandria, Virginia, the son of Harry C. Hammond and Elvira Jenkins Hammond. He attended George Washington
High School in Alexandria for grades nine and ten before moving to Washington D.C. to live with his father. He remained in Washington for only one year, attending St. Johns High School, a
Catholic Military Academy. Francis returned to Alexandria to live with his mother and his aunt, attending George Washington High for his final year, graduating with the class of January 1951.
While still in High School, Francis worked for a construction company, which was owned by his future father-in-law. He also played guitar in a band, which would play at local affairs and parties
in the Alexandria area. After graduating he worked with his father at Timbermans Pharmacy in Alexandria, which was owned by his uncle. With the Korean War still raging, Francis knew that eventually
he would be drafted. He wanted to be a pharmacist, but with the thought of the draft looming into view he knew it would be much longer before that could be possible. After discussing his future
with his family, Francis decided to enlist. He joined the Navy on 20 March 1951, going through basic training at Great Lakes NTC, Illinois. From there he was assigned to Mare Island, working in
the base hospital. Soon after, he was given orders to Camp Pendleton, California, to train as a Hospital Corpsman. Knowing that he was to be shipped out to Korea, Francis requested, and was granted,
permission to marry his High School sweetheart, Phyllis Ann Jenkins. They married on 19 June 1952. Married for less than a year and with a child on the way, Francis received orders to Korea. He
arrived in Korea on 1 February 1953 and was assigned to 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (C/1/5). He was killed during intense fighting at Outpost Reno
by a mortar round at approximately 0300 hrs after refusing to leave during the withdrawal of his unit and continued to treat wounded marines from the relieving force of F/2/5 on 26 March 1953. This
was just two weeks before Francis was to be rotated out of the combat area, and just 4 months prior to the end of the Korean War, 27 July 1953. Hospital Corpsman Francis Colton Hammond was laid to
rest with full military honors in Section 33 of Arlington National Cemetery. For his devotion to duty and courage under fire Hospitalman Francis Colton Hammond was awarded the Medal of Honor and
USS Francis Hammond (DE 1067) (1970 - 1992) was the first ship to be named in his honor. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)
|83k||undated||Peter N. Leenhouts|
|254k||17 June 1970: the California Coast - USS Francis Hammond (DE 1067) underway in the Catalina Channel while running trials.
(U.S. Navy photo #NH 72114 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|268k||17 June 1970: the California Coast - Another view of USS Francis Hammond (DE 1067) underway in the Catalina Channel while running trials.|
(U.S. Navy photo #1144659 from the United States National Archives)
|161k||17 July 1970: San Pedro, Cal. - USS Francis Hammond (DE 1067) at the Todd Shipyards. The Todd tug San Pedro is alongside.|
(U.S. Navy photo #1144661 from the United States National Archives)
|753k||23 May 1972: Subic Bay, P.I. - USS Roark (DD 1053) and USS Francis
Hammond (DE 1067) along side USS Piedmont (AD 17).
(Photo #720909 by G. R. Sirkis)
|Glenn R. Sirkis|
MMFN, A Div.
USS Ashtabula (AO 51)
|91k||February 1977: Francis Hammond steaming alongside a Japanese frigate off southern Honshu, Japan during a highline evolution.||Tom Halfpap, QM2|
|365k||14 September 1981: Naval Station Subic Bay, P.I. - An aerial view of the aircraft carrier USS
Midway (CV 41) approaching Naval Facility Subic. In the floating dry dock in the foreground is the Spruance class destroyer USS
David R. Ray (DD 971). Moored side-by-side at the pier are the Knox class frigates USS
Kirk (FF 1087) and Francis Hammond.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00330 by PHCS Steven Harris from the Defense Visual Information Center)
DE / FF / LCS Archive
|663k||25 November 1981: At sea - A starboard bow view of Francis Hammond underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04021 from the DVIC)
|732k||25 November 1981: At sea - A port view of Francis Hammond underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04018 from the DVIC)
|826k||25 November 1981: At sea - A port bow view of Francis Hammond underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04015 from the DVIC)
|82k||An undated postcard view of Francis Hammond as a DE. (Postcard #13779 © Marine Photos and Publishing Co.,
Spring Valley, Cal.; shown at 150% of original size) |
Caption reads: U.S.S. FRANCIS HAMMOND (DE-1067) - Anti-submarine destroyer escort of the Knox Class honoring Hospital Corpsman Francis C. Hammond, USN, who was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for aiding and assisting in the evacuation of wounded Marines from Sanae-Dong during the Korean Conflict. Built by Todd Shipyard Corp. of San Pedro, Calif., the USS FRANCIS HAMMOND was commissioned on 25 July 1970.
|84k||An undated postcard view of Francis Hammond as an FF. (Postcard #P6027 ©
Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, Va.; shown at 150% of original size)|
Caption reads: U.S.S. FRANCIS HAMMOND (FF-1067) - A Knox class frigate built by Todd Shipyards, San Pedro, Calif., and commissioned into the United States Navy on 25 July 1970.
> (Photo © H.King)
EWC, USN (ret.)
|99k||undated||Wendell R. McLaughlin Jr.|
|130k||12 March 1982: At sea - A silhouetted port bow view of Francis Hammond on patrol in the Northern Sea of Japan.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-85-00271 by PH1 David MacLean from the DVIC)
DE / FF / LCS Archive
|93k||01 February 1983: At sea - An air-to-air left side view of three F-15 Eagle aircraft flying over Francis Hammond during the
exercise Cope Diamond / Coral Aces.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DF-ST-83-10335 by Ssgt Steve McGill from the DVIC)
|225k||26 February 1983: At sea - A port bow view of Francis Hammond underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04013 from the DVIC)
|191k||26 February 1983: At sea - A starboard bow view of Francis Hammond underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04012 from the DVIC)
|105k||December 1986: USS Francis Hammond with repainted hull number of $10,670. In 1986, the crew of the U.S. Navy frigate
USS Francis Hammond (FF-1067) raised more than $11,000 for the U.S. Navy Relief Fund. The goal had been to raise an amount of money equal to Hammond's
hull number "1067", times ten. To commemorate the achievement, Hammond asked for and received permission to add a dollar sign and an extra zero to her
(U.S. Navy photo from All Hands Magazine, the December 1986 edition)
England, United Kingdom
|169k||15 April 1987: Pusan, Korea - M-113 armored personnel carriers fill the pierside staging area next to Francis Hammond. The M-113s are
being loaded aboard the Ready Reserve Force ship SS Cape Horn (T-AKR 5068) for shipment back to the United States at the conclusion of the joint U.S. / South Korean
exercise Team Spirit '87.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DA-ST-87-13035 by Ssgt. Arnold Kalmanson from the DVIC)
DE / FF / LCS Archive
|122k||01 October 1987: At sea - Five ships of the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV 41) battle group steam alongside one another. The ships are, from
left to right: the frigates USS Kirk (FF 1087), USS Francis Hammond (FF 1067), USS
Lockwood (FF 1064) and USS Knox
(FF 1052), and the guided missile destroyer USS Towers (DDG 9).|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-04059 from the DVIC)
|154k||01 June 1991: Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Crew members man the rails aboard Francis Hammond as the ship departs from the naval station
after a visit. Francis Hammond is en route to its home port of Naval Station, San Diego, Calif., after serving in the Persian Gulf region during Operation Desert Shield
and Operation Desert Storm.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-02882 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
|133k||01 June 1991: Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hi. - A port beam view of Francis Hammond departing Pearl Harbor through the channel.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-03666 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
|180k||July 1994: Naval Inactive ship Maintence Facility, Bremerton, Wash. - Sailfish
(SS 572), Francis Hammond, Stein (FF 1065), and
Roark (FF 1053) in mothballs at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
(Photo by Gilbert Gyssels).
|155k||27 July 1996: Naval Inactive ship Maintence Facility, Bremerton, Wash. - Francis Hammond,
Stein (FF 1065), Roark
(FF 1053), and New Jersey (BB 62) in mothballs, nested at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.|
(Photos byGilbert Gyssels)
|103k||17 July 1998: Bremerton, Wash. - Francis Hammond, USS
Knox (FF 1052), USS Hepburn (FF 1055), USS
Roark (FF 1053), and USS New Jersey
(BB 62) at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
(from the authors collection, photo taken from Warship Boneyards by Kit and Carolyn Bonner)
England, United Kingdom
|390k||Memorial plaque displayed in the lobby of Francis C. Hammond High School, Alexandria, Virginia.
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 74258 by PH2 E. L. Hawkins, USN, from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
DE / FF / LCS Archive
|Francis Hammond Memorabilia
|Francis Hammond History|
|The DANFS history for USS Francis Hammond (DE 1067) is not presently available at the Naval History and Heritage Command.|
|View the USS Francis Hammond (DE 1067) history located on Wikipedia.|
|Francis Hammond's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 25 Jul 1970 - 16 Mar 1972||Cmdr. John E. Elmore (Indianapolis, Ind.)|
|2.) 16 Mar 1971 - 14 Sep 1973||Cmdr. Peter J. Doerr (Brooklyn, N.Y.)|
|3.) 14 Sep 1973 - 17 Nov 1975||Cmdr. Richard Eugene Ong (Oakland, Cal.)|
|4.) 17 Nov 1975 - 25 Feb 1978||Capt. John Dachos (Nashua, N.H.)|
|5.) 25 Feb 1978 - 11 Jan 1979||Cmdr. James Edward Auer|
|6.) 11 Jan 1979 - 12 Feb 1979||Cmdr. James R. Kott (Mount Clemens, Mich.)|
|7.) 12 Feb 1979 - 12 Feb 1981||Cmdr. Harris Sperling (USNA '60) (Newport, R.I.)|
|8.) 12 Feb 1981 - 08 Feb 1983||Cmdr. Vance Hallar Morrison (Alexandria, Va.)|
|9.) 08 Feb 1983 - 13 Apr 1985||Cmdr. Ralph E. Zunich|
|10.) 13 Apr 1985 - 30 Jul 1987||Cmdr. Paul Howard Donaldson (Lee, Fla.)|
|11.) 30 Jul 1987 - 01 Sep 1989||Cmdr. David J. Klich|
|12.) 01 Sep 1989 - 06 Sep 1991||Cmdr. Douglas Arthur Smartt (USNA '71) (Tenn.)|
|13.) 06 Sep 1991 - 07 Feb 1992||Cmdr. Charles Grafton Cooper III (Asheville, N.C.)|
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