LELAND EMANUEL HAMMOND
LELAND E HAMMOND
rest easy my friend I will never forget you
Remembering An American Hero
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
I found his picture and it moved me so much that I carried it around thru Iraq and Afghanistan never knowing who this young Marine was. The picture displays the harsh reality of the sacrafice we few have made for this country. Your spirit lives on, Semper Fi buddy! GySgt Leahey
Mac was the nicest and most handsome cousin! He was so much fun to hang out with. He and his brother Charlie, my sister Donna, and myself used to play a lot outside when we were much younger. We would dig up night crawlers in the old abandoned cemetery in the woods and go fishing. We liked to make up stories about a run down old house in the woods across from their home in Sumter. Mac was so cool and even to this day I miss him terribly and talk about him as if her were still with us. His mother, Lydia Hammond is still alive as of this posting, and still talks about him with so much love and sadness. She is a very Christian lady and knows that one day she will be reunited with Mac and his dad, Leland. Love you so much Mac, and thank you for your ultimate sacrifice to our country. Mac is resting in Evergreen Cemetery in Sumter, South Carolina.