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World War I - U.S. Naval Reserve Fleet

Charles Hazeltine Hammann

  • Rank: Ensign
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Naval Reserve Fleet
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: August 21, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Adriatic Sea

For extraordinary heroism as a pilot of a seaplane on 21 August 1918, when with three other planes Ens. Hammann took part in a patrol and attacked a superior force of enemy land planes. In the course of the engagement which followed, the plane of Ens. George M. Ludlow was shot down and fell in the water five miles off Pola. Ens. Hammann immediately dived down and landed on the water close alongside the disabled machine, where he took Ludlow on board. Although his machine was not designed for the double load to which it was subjected, and although there was danger of attack by Austrian planes, he made his way to Porto Corsini.

Medal of Honor Recipient Charles H. Hammann
Medal of Honor Recipient Charles H. Hammann
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Maryland
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: March 16, 1892, Baltimore, Baltimore County, MD, United States
  • Died: June 14, 1919, Hampton, VA, United States
  • Buried: Oak Lawn Cemetery (MH) (1025-4), Baltimore, MD, United States

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