Hammock, Paul Phillip, MMC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
MM-0000-Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Machinists Mate
Primary Unit
1947-1948, WT-0000, USS Sierra (AD-18)
Service Years
1927 - 1952
MM-Machinists Mate
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Home Town
Carthage, MO
Last Address
Litchfield Park, AZ

Date of Passing
Sep 12, 2005
Location of Interment
Greenwood Cemetery - San Diego, California
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Not Specified

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 Duty Stations
USS Astoria (CA-34)US NavyUSS Rupertus (DD-851)USS Sierra (AD-18)
  1939-1942, WT-0000, USS Astoria (CA-34)
  1942-1942, WT-0000, USS Wharton (AP-7)
  1946-1946, WT-0000, USS Beverly W Reid (APD-119)
  1946-1946, WT-0000, USS Buckley (DE-51)
  1946-1946, WT-0000, USS De Long (APD-137)
  1946-1947, WT-0000, USS Rupertus (DD-851)
  1947-1948, WT-0000, USS Sierra (AD-18)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings/Battle of Savo Island
  1951-1952 Korean War
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  Sep 12, 2005, CPO Paul P. HAMMOCK4
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Paul Phillip Hammock was born in Carthage, Madison County, Missouri. He was the son of Elisha Virgil Hammock and Cora Maude Phillips. He married Hettie Iola Voohies 1931. Paul and Hettie had one son. Paul was retired from the US Navy and served in World War II and the Korean War. He was aboard the USS Astoria.

Paul P Hammock, 94, of Litchfield Park died Sept 12, 2005.

Mr. Hammock was born July 28, 1911 in Carthage, Mo. He enlisted in the Navy in 1927, and in 1941 was stationed aboard the USS Astoria, home ported at Pearl Harbor. The ship left the harbor Dec 6, 1941 thus escaping Dec 7 attack.

The USS Astoria was sunk August 9, 1942, near Guadalcanal at the battle of Savo Island. Mr. Hammock wasn't injured, but spent eight hours in shark filled waters until being rescued by the USS Wilson. Four hundred of his shipmates died.

At the time of death, he was the oldest, living survivor of the event.

Mr. Hammock retired from the Navy as a chief petty officer in 1947, then served two more years, 1951-52, during the Korean War. He later opened and operated an auto parts business for 15 years and a wire rope business for 13 years. He retired at the age of 70 and moved to Litchfield Park in 1988 to be near his son.

Mr. Hammock volunteered for may years at the Arizona Humane Society, and in 1998 was named "Star Volunteer of the Year" He also was a life member of the Navy League.

Mr. Hammock was preceded in death by his wife, Hettie, whom he married in 1931.
He is survived by his son, Col. Paul Rex Hammock, USAF Ret; two grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.
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Service number: 3754148
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Navy League of the United StatesWW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  1950, Navy League of the United States - Assoc. Page
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
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