Wells C. Hammond
Pennsylvania State Highway Patrol
Years of Service: 10 months
Cause of Death:
Date of Incident:
October 14, 1929
Wells C. Hammond was born October 13, 1905, at Galeton, Potter
Before enlisting with the State Highway Patrol, he served three years with the U.S. 28th
Infantry Division. He enlisted with the State Highway Patrol from Austin, Potter County,
on January 4, 1928. He was 22 years old and 5' 11" tall. He resigned from the Patrol
on June 15, 1928, but reenlisted May 16, 1929.
At 9:15 a.m., October 14, 1929, while rounding a curve on Route 11, 100 yards east of
Shickshinny, Luzerne County, Hammond skid on the wet roadway. He was thrown from his
motorcycle into the path of a motor vehicle approaching from the opposite direction, and
run over. He was taken to the Nanticoke Hospital, where he died at 10:15 a.m. on October
Hammond is buried in Forest Hills Cemetery, Costello, Potter County. He was survived
his father, Mr. L. L. Hammond, of Austin.
Hammond, 24, had served ten months with the
State Highway Patrol.