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Bernard W. Hammaker, 95

MAY 14, 1917-OCT. 6, 2012

October 16, 2012

Bernard W. Hammaker, 95, Lt. Col., U.S. Army, retired, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Ravenwood Nursing Care Center, Hagerstown, Md.

Born May 14, 1917 in Funkstown, Md., he was the son of the late William E. and Mary Ball Hammaker.

Bern was a graduate of Hagerstown High School and Columbia  Business School in Maryland, and graduated from Baylor University in Texas in 1949.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1941, and served proudly until receiving an honorable discharge in 1970. His army career began at Camp Lee, Va., and was followed by U.S. assignments at Barksdale Field, La., Camp Polk, La., Fort Benning, Ga., Fort Pickett, Va., Fort Sam Houston, Texas,  Fitzsimons Army Hospital, Colo., Fort Jay, N.Y., Fort McClellan, Ala., and Fort Myer, Va. His foreign assignments were in the Philippines, Iran, Germany, and Vietnam.

He served in the Medical Service Corps and advanced to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was the recipient of many letters of commendation, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in November 1969 for meritorious achievement in ground operations against hostile forces, and the Meritorious Service Medal in 1970.

Bern is survived by five nieces and nephews, William M. Hammaker of Olympia, Wash., David Hammaker of Napa, Calif., Kay Renner of Doylestown, Pa., William F. Hammaker of Pittsford, N.Y., and Mary Catharine Bausman of Smithsburg, Md.

He was preceded in death by Josephine, his wife of 61 years; and brothers, Robert S., William B., and Thomas B. Hammaker; and nephew, Robert Hammaker.

From his time as a youth patrolling the banks of the Antietam Creek in search of unsuspecting sunfish and catfish, through his army career, he enjoyed his time with a fishing pole in hand, and was happy not only to join old friends in the sport, but pleased to share his experience with his interested nieces and nephews.

Bern's final mission is accomplished, and his family is comforted, by his joining his beloved wife, Josephine.

By request his body has been donated to the Anatomy Board of Maryland.

No funeral or memorial service is planned.

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