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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: March 13, 1922
Date of death: April 6, 1945
Age: 23

Lucky Bag

1943 Hamner LB.jpg

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


Lynchburg, Virginia

H. R. (for Pete) was born—obviously if you just listened to him a minute—down in "Ole Virginny." Naturally, then, to him, yankee was a contraction not a word. He played a mean game of tennis, and plowed away at the swimming squad all three years of his career. According to his own statement, he has had more roommates than anyone else in the regiment, seven in all, and everyone of them would swear by Pete who was a swell bridge player and true committee member. All of Pete's classmates, and too many of their girl friends, grew to love his infectious grin and his constant good humor—except before breakfast.

The Class of 1943 was graduated in June 1942 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


From Find A Grave; unclear on original origin. Possibly from a cruise book for USS Hamner (DD 718).

From Wikipedia's entry:

Henry Rawlings Hamner was born 13 March 1922 in London, England. Appointed to the United States Naval Academy from Virginia, he graduated and gained his commission in June 1942. Hamner served to fit out and commission several new ships during the war, in addition to serving in the 12th Naval District and at Norfolk, Va. He was appointed lieutenant in July 1944.

Eight other men were also lost aboard USS Howorth (DD 592) on April 6, 1945 from that kamikaze attack.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery; his wife was listed as next of kin.


In November 1945, the destroyer USS Hamner (DD 718) was named in his honor.

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