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Edward Cox Hammerbeck '64


Lt. Edward C. Hammerbeck, Marine Killed in Vietnam

Marine 2nd Lt. Edward Cox Hammerbeck, 23, was killed in action last Thursday in South Vietnam.  He lived at 2820 South Joyce St. in Arlington.  He was born in Rutland, VT., and was graduated from Dreux American High School in Dreux, France and from the University of North Carolina in June, 1968.

He was commissioned in the Marine Corps on graduation and was a student in the psychological operations course, Army Special Warfare School at Ft. Bragg, N.C., before he went to Vietnam in May.  At the time of this death, Lt. Hammerbeck was serving as commander of the 2nd Platoon, Company B, First Battalion, Third Marines.

His father, Col. Edward E. Hammerbeck, is stationed at Marine Headquarters here.  Besides his parents, he leaves his wife, the former Wanda Lee Matthews of Havelock, N.C., and a sister, Linda Lee.

Services will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the chapel at Ft. Myer, with burial in Arlington Cemetery.  The family requests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Third Marine Division Association Scholarship Fund, 722 Valley Crest Blvd., Annandale.

(Obit from the September 4, 1969 edition of the Evening Star - Washington D.C.)


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.

Awards: 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