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Cpl. Nathaniel T. Hammond View/Sign Guest Book
Cpl. Nathaniel T. Hammond

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Age:   24
Hometown: Tulsa, OK
Date of Death: 11/8/2004
Incident Location: Babil province, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: Cpl.
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division
Unit's Base: Chicago, Ill.

Nathaniel Hammond was a certified flight instructor who received language training in Arabic before being deployed to Iraq. Hammond graduated from Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology in 2003 and his father, Tom Hammond, said he wanted to re-enlist in the Marines and return to Iraq as a pilot. "He wanted to fly Apache helicopters," he said. Hammond, 24, of Tulsa, was killed Nov. 8 in an attack. His Marine reserve unit was based in Chicago. Hammond, who grew up in Springfield, Mo., was scheduled to return home in March when his 6-year commitment to the Marines was to end. Tom Hammond said his son told his family that despite the ongoing insurgency, most of his conversations with Iraqis were positive. Tom Hammond said family members got a letter from his son two days before he was killed. In it, he said he put himself in God''s hands. "We know he is in heaven," Tom Hammond said. "We miss him. We love him."
Source: Associated Press
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