John Henry Hammond, Sr. (1921-2011)


Father: Richardson Thomas Hammond  (1883-1952)
Mother: Marie Krenrich Naas  (1885-1973)


Step-sister: Margery Orem Willis (Harriss)  (1909-2003)
Step-sister: Mary Patricia Willis (Castillo)  (1911-2010)
Step-sister: Maudre Elizabeth Willis (Sullivan)  (1914-1986)


Wife: Jane Wolf Strevig  (1924-1957) married 1942-06-04.
Wife: Mary Ruth Guerth  (1925-2010) married 1959-03-19, Woods Memorial Church, Severna Park, MD, USA.


(1st marriage)
Son: John Henry Hammond, Jr.  (1947- )
Son: Richard Strevig Hammond  (1953- )

Basic Data

Born: 1921-10-10
Place: Baltimore, MD, USA
Died: 2011-04-21
Place: Annapolis, MD, USA


Link: 568th Bomb Squadron lists Mr. Hammond's position (waist gunner), aircraft flown, missions flown, and a photograph of him with his crew.


Book: The Shipleys of Maryland 1968, Dorothy Shipley Granger.
Correspondence: John Henry Hammond, Sr.
Find A Grave: John Henry Hammond (1921-2011)
Find A Grave: Mary Ruth Guerth Hammond (1925-2010) (Mr. Hammond's second wife. A good photograph of Mr. Hammond from 1968.)

The Gazette and Daily, York, Pennsylvannia, June 17, 1944.

The best man, Robert Preston Harriss, was the husband of Margery Orem (Willis) Harriss, Mr. Hammond's oldest step-sister. From The Tower Light, October 1937, "Alumni News", of the State Teachers College, Towson, MD: "Even if it is the general opinion that school teachers never marry, here are those who have done so during the past summer: ... Miss Margery Orem Willis, who received her degree in 1936, to Mr. Robert Harriss."


Mr. and, Mrs. John A. Strevig announced the marriage of their daughter, Miss Jane Wolf Strevig to Sgt. John Henry Hammond, U.S. Army Air Corps. The wedding took place Wednesday, June 7, at 8 o'clock, in the First English Lutheran church, Baltimore. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther Enders, pastor, officiated. The bride was given in marriage by her father. Mrs. David Hennessey, wife of Lieut. David Hennessey, now serving in India, was matron of honor. Robert P. Harris [sic], associate editor of the Baltimore Evening Sun and brother-in-law of the groom, was best man. A reception was held after the ceremony at the bride's home.

The Capital Gazette, April 24, 2011. (Also at Barranco & Sons, P.A. Severna Park Funeral Home.)

John H. Hammond, Sr.

John Henry Hammond, a long time resident of Annapolis, died at his home on April 21st. He was 89.

John was born on October 10, 1921, in Baltimore, the son of Richardson Thomas Hammond and Marie Naas Willis. He graduated from Baltimore City College in 1940. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps and became highly decorated during the course of flying 35 combat missions in the B-17 at the height of World War II. After military service, he accomplished a successful 36-year career with Prudential Insurance Company. After retirement, he quenched a life-long thirst for travel while working at Friendship Travel Agency. He virtually saw the world.

In 1944, he married Jane Wolf Strevig who became the mother of their two sons. Jane died suddenly in 1957. He met Mary Ruth Guerth of Severna Park at church and took her hand in marriage in 1959. He is also preceded in death by his second wife, Ruth. He is survived by his two sons John Henry Hammond Jr. and wife, Druscilla of Carmel, California and Richard Strevig Hammond and wife, Dorothy, of Patuxent River, Maryland, seven grandchildren, John III, Julie, Larry, Sarah, Kathryn, Elizabeth and Annelise, and eight great grandchildren.

All whose lives were touched by him remember his warmth, absolute decency, optimistic and pragmatic spirit, deep spiritual faith, and devotion to his family and the larger community.

Visitation will be held on Monday April 25 from 2-5 pm at the Barranco & Sons, P.A. Severna Park Funeral Home 495 Ritchie Highway Severna Park, MD 21146. A funeral service will be held at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church 611 B&A Blvd in Severna Park on Tuesday April 26th at 11 am. Interment in Cedar Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Baltimore Helping Up Mission, or the 390th Bomb Group.

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