Hospital Corpsman Second Class Lamonte T. Hammond, SW, FMF, USN

Hero of Military Medicine

Lamonte Hammond is being honored as a Hero of Military Medicine for placing himself between a Marine and enemy fire in order to administer medical aid. After evacuating the Marine, Hammond returned to the front where he retrieved another fallen Marine. Hammond also led a mounted operation to a canal crossing the next day where he displayed continuing outstanding medical and emergency proficiency in the midst of an intense and sustained firefight.

HM2 Hammond grew up in the Easton, Maryland the son of a Sailor. He graduated from Colonel Richardson High School in Federalsburg, Maryland in 1998. Anxious to get out on his own and explore the world, he joined the Navy in November that same year.

He graduated from boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois in January 1999 and immediately entered into Corpsman training at US Naval Hospital Corps School, Great Lakes. Graduating from Corps School in May 1999, he was assigned to a Personnel Support Unit in Pensacola, Florida where he waited for Field Medical Service School (FMSS) to convene. In October 1999 he graduated from FMSS in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina with the 8404 designation and discovered that field medicine and working with “green side” Marines was what he wanted to do in the Navy. HM2 Hammond was devoted to continued education and took advantage of each educational opportunity offered him. After graduation from FMSS he returned to Pensacola to Naval Operational Medical Institute (NOMI) ready to pursue his interest in operational combat medicine where he remained until his transfer to Physical Therapy (PT)Technician School in Fort Sam Houston, Texas earning his second specialty designation code, 8466, PT technician.

HM2 Hammond reported to Naval Medical Center San Diego, California in 2002. In 2005, while stationed at NMCSD, HM2 Hammond deployed to Kuwait as part of the Expeditionary Medical Facility Kuwait, Naval Hospital Bremerton Detachment. His love for patient care had him considering a career as an Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC) and prior to leaving San Diego in 2007; he was temporarily assigned to the San Diego Corps School to pursue his interest as an IDC. However his dream job in combat operational medicine became available and in June 2007 he transferred to the 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California as an 8404; his favorite and most rewarding military assignment to date. Shortly after his assignment with the Marines in June 2007, he deployed to Afghanistan with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit for a year. His second Marine deployment was in 2009 to Helmond Provence Afghanistan with Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 3.

He returned from deployment to Camp Pendleton California where he remained until May 2010 when he transferred to his current duty station at US Naval Hospital Naples, Italy. He returned to Physical Therapy where he continues to save careers but his first love remains field medicine and the Navy.

HM2 Hammond’s awards include the Bronze Star with Combat Valor, The Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the NATO Medal.