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Ensign Charles Hazeltine Hammann, USNRF, (1892-1919)

Charles H. Hammann was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on 16 March 1892. He was appointed an Ensign in the Naval Reserve Flying Corps during World War I. On 21 August 1918, while piloting a Navy seaplane near Pola, he landed on the Adriatic Sea to rescue Ensign George H. Ludlow, whose aircraft had been shot down by Austro-Hungarian forces. Though Hammann's plane was not designed for two persons, and despite the risk of enemy attack, he successfully completed the rescue and returned to the base at Porto Corsini, Italy. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for this exploit. Ensign Hammann lost his life while serving on active duty at Langley Field, Virginia, on 14 June 1919.

USS Hammann (DD-412) and USS Hammann (DE-131) were named in his honor.

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Photo #: NH 79440

Ensign Charles Hazeltine Hammann, USNRF


Halftone photo from Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy, page 116.
Hammann was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in rescuing Ensign George M. Ludlow during aerial operations off Pola, in the Adriatic Sea, on 21 August 1918.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 49249

"Flyers Whose Exploits Brought Prestige to Naval Aviation"


Halftone photo spread from Our Navy at War by Josephus Daniels, Secretary of the Navy during World War I. It features a portrait photograph of Lieutenant David S. Ingalls, the U.S. Navy's first aerial "ace" (right), and a view of Lieutenant George H. Ludlow seated in an Italian-built Macchi M.5 flying boat (left). Inset is a photograph of Ensign Charles H. Hammann, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing Ludlow on 21 August 1918.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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14 April 1999