Wes Hammond, a 1951 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1975. In addition to a B.S. from the Naval Academy, he
has a M.A. (International Law) from the Catholic University of America and a
M.A. (Journalism) from the University of Nevada.
During more than a quarter of a century of active duty, he was wounded in
action as an infantry platoon leader in Korea; twice, he was a tactics instructor
at the Marine Corps Basic School in Quantico, Va.; commanded a company in
an infantry battalion afloat in the Mediterranean; was aide-de-camp to MajGen.
D.M. Shoup (later 22nd Commandant of the Marine Crops) on Okinawa, where
Wes met and married Miss Donna M. Selby of Brighton, Colorado. He deployed
with the forces afloat for the Cuban Missile Crisis. He commanded the 2nd
Battalion, Fourth Marines ("The Magnificent Bastards") in Vietnam until
wounded in action and evacuated. He returned to duty as Plans Officer of the 3rd
Marine Division until wounded again. Then he was Head, Command Dept.,
Marine Corps Command & Staff College in Quantico. There he taught Research
and Writing; Command and Staff Organization and a future concept of
amphibious operations called "Sea Base." He was transferred to Hawaii and
promoted to colonel and assigned as Protocol Officer and Aide to Commanderin-
Chief, Pacific, Adm. John S. McCain, Jr. USN. He retired from Camp
Pendleton, Calif., and returned to Reno, Nevada.
While on active duty (1964-67) he was Editor and Publisher of the Marine
Corps Gazette, the professional journal of the Marine Corps Association. Eight
years after retiring from the Marine Corps, he moved to Annapolis, Maryland, to be
editor of Shipmate, the monthly magazine of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni
Association. After a dozen years there, he again retired and returned to Reno.
He is the author of more than 50 articles in professional military journals as
well as popular publications. His Poison Gas – The Myths versus Reality
(Greenwood Press, Westport Conn. 1999) is a plea for common sense lest we be
held hostage to fear of the unknown.
The Hammonds make their home in Reno but travel extensively. They have
three children and seven grandchildren. A collaborator in this volume was
LtCol. James W. Hammond, III USMC, who while still a Midshipman at the
U.S. Naval Academy, traced down the answers to many queries from his father
by searching the stacks of the Nimitz Library at the Academy.