Lt. Hammond volunteered for the Army Air Forces in April, 1942, and was called to duty on August 11, 1942. He received his commission as second lieutenant on March 27, 1943, as was graduated from the Pan American School of Navigation, Miami, Florida. He was stationed later at Langley Field, Virginia, Westover Field, Massachusetts, and at Bluenthethal Field, at Wilmington. During this period he was with the Anti-submarine Patrol. August 31, 1943, he left for England and flew over the Atlantic. He was still with the anti-submarine patrol service, but changed to heavy bombardment duty October 1, 1943. He was promoted to first lieutenant November 1, 1943. He received the Army Air Medal and two oak leaf clusters for meritorious and distinguished service to his country. Lt. Hammond married Miss Jean McNairy, daughter of MR. and Mrs. W. H. McNairy of Laurinburg, March 27, 1943. 1st Lt Lonnie W. Hammond Jr., navigator of the B-24 42-63789, took off from station 102 in Alconbury, Cambridgeshire, UK on a para-drop mission to the Resistance. The plane was shot down by flak at 2310.