Full Name: EDWARD COX HAMMERBECK
Date of Birth: 18 May 1946
Date of Casualty: 28 August 1969
Home of Record: ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA
Branch of Service: MARINE CORPS
Rank: SECOND LIEUTENANT
Casualty Country: SOUTH VIETNAM
Casualty Province: QUANG TRI
Courtesy of the University of North Carolina:
Second Lieutenant Edward Cox Hammerbeck
United States Marine Corps
Date of Birth: 19 May 1946
Next of Kin: Wanda Lee (Matthews) Hammerbeck (wife)
Colonel And Mrs. E.E. Hammerbeck (parents)
Linda Lee Hammerbeck (sister)
Circumstances of Death: Second Lieutenant Hammerbeck, USMC, 23, was killed in action on August 28, 1969. He was killed instantly by an RPG round while checking the night defensive position of his platoon in the Republic of Vietnam. He was serving as a platoon leader in the Third Marine Division near Cam Lo, South Vietnam. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Awards: Bronze Star
Navy Commendation Medal
History of Service:
Second Lieutenant Hammerbeck served as battalion commander of the NROTC unit. He was a Dean's List student and served as president of both military honor societies at the Univerity of North Carolina – the Semper Fidelis Society and the Scabbard and Blade. Upon commissioning Basic School at Quantico, Virginia. Additional training John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was the honor graduate of the Psychological Operations Staff Officers Course. Last Duty Station Platoon Leader, Third Marine Division.
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