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University of North Carolina
Naval ROTC Alumni Association

2nd LT Edward Cox Hammerbeck

United States Marine Corps

Date of Birth: 19 May 1946

Next of Kin:
Wanda Lee (Matthews) Hammerbeck (wife)
Col. And Mrs. E.E. Hammerbeck (parents)
Linda Lee Hammerbeck (sister)

Commissioned: 1968

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.

Bronze Star

Purple Heart

Navy Commendation Medal

History of Service:

UNC 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 UNC - the Semper Fidelis Society and the Scabbard and Blade.

Upon commissioning
Basic School at Quantico, VA

Additional training
John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School at Fort Bragg, NC. He was the honor graduate of the Psychological Operations Staff Officers Course.

Last Duty Station
Platoon Leader, Third Marine Division

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