Pvt Edd Hammond

Our Hometown Heroes

Edd Hammond

Only One Month of Duty Overseas

Born on July 26, 1894, Edd Hammond was older than most when he joined the U.S. Army. He was an, “old man” of 25.Born and raised in Griffin, Hammond would dieless than a month after he set foot on foreign soil. The army private died on October 1, 1918. His sister, Jessie H. Castleberry, address 110 North Second Street, was notified of the death.

Hammond was black and was not listed on the World War I Monument, forgotten until now.

This changed during the Memorial Day weekend, May 29-30, 2016 as Hammond and other, “Lost and Forgotten,” World War I soldiers were honored with individual plaques and their names on the Veterans Memorial Park “Doughboy” statue. Thanks to efforts of Griffin Archivist Cynthia Barton, the Veterans Military Affairs and Honor our KIA committees, Pvt. Hammond is now remembered as one of Griffin-Spalding’s Hometown Heroes.

An individual plaque honoring Edd Hammond will be installed in Griffin’s Historic District sponsored by the Vaughn-Blake VFW Post-8480.