From a contemporary press report:
William I. Hammond, Major, United States Air Force (Retired), age 79, of Fairfield, Connecticut, formerly of Garden City, New York, died on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, following a long illness.
Born in New York City, Major Hammond was a Garden City resident for 38 years prior to moving to Fairfield 8 years ago. He received a B.S, degree from New York University and an MS from the Massachusetts Institure of Technology.
A decorated war veteran, Major Hammond piloted P-47 Thunderbolts during World War II where he participated in the D-Day invasion, and also served during the Korean War. Among his numerous medals and awards he received the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. His final assignment was Commanding Officer of Mitchell Field when it was closed in 1963.
After his retirement he worked in various construction and development projects throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 45 years, Helen Adelhardt Hammond of Fairfield, Connecitcut; four children, Drew Hammond of Los Angeles, California, Claudia Hammond Chapman of Guilderland, New York, Lauren Hammond Ugalde of Hendaye, France and Douglas Hammond of Lloyd Harbor, New York; and seven cherished grandsons.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, October 29, 2001 at 10:45 AM in St. Patrick's Church, Huntington, Long Island. Interment with full military honors will be held in Arlington National Cemetery.
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