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Richard W. Hammann, National Guardsman Nov. 4, 1925 -- Feb. 15, 2006

Richard W. Hammann, a retired National Guardsman who lived in Lancaster, died Wednesday in the Harris Hill Nursing Facility after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 80.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Hammann attended Emerson High School before enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1942. He served with the 3rd Marine Division from 1942 to 1945 and participated in combat during three Pacific campaigns, earning numerous medals and awards. He also was member of the Marine Corps Reserve from 1951 to 1952.

Mr. Hammann served as a civilian military technician in the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion 127th Armor Regiment from 1952 until his retirement in 1983. He attained the rank of chief warrant officer 4, serving in various staff officer positions in the battalion.

Mr. Hammann was a member of the American Legion and served as commander for Post 64 in Buffalo. He was a longtime parishioner of Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church in Lancaster.

Surviving are his wife of 29 years, Nora C.; two sons, Kevin and Michael, both of Lancaster; four grandsons and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 158 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. Mr. Hammann's ashes will be interred at St. Mary's Cemetery in Lancaster.


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