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.