PFC James D. Hammond
March 15, 1932 to July 24 1953
Fallen Warrior Cross
You would think that the battles about which we know details would be the most difficult to write, somehow more real. But for me, the deaths with few details, those attributed to small arms fire during battle are the most heartbreaking. No one writes books or produces Hollywood blockbusters about them, but there sacrifice is no less valued.
PFC Hammond lost his life at the end of the Korean War in what is known as the battle of Boulder City. Find A Grave volunteer Don J has created a virtual cemetery called Boulder City Marines
Memorials honoring Marines who died or were declared missing and presumed dead at the battle of Boulder City, the last ground action fought by the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. The battle took place July 23-27, 1953 near the 38th parallel at a place called Ponbudong, 30 miles or so north of Seoul, Korea.They almost came home.
I encourage you to visit the virtual cemetery and honor those fallen marines, one of which is PFC James Hammond.
Honors: Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
The protagonist of my WIP is a physical therapist who works with wounded vets (I am working on the first draft now). Through my research I’ve discovered patriots that leave me awe-filled, many of whom gave their life for their country. If I’ve learned only one thing, it is that these soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines don’t do what they do for notoriety, they love their job, their country and their brothers (and sisters) in arms. I encourage you to do a bit of research on these warriors, but keep in mind that initial media reports often contain unverified information and for security reasons many details of operations are never revealed.