SILVER SPRING, MD, June 11, 2020 Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present William M. Hammond, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Hammond celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Having accrued 40 years of inimitable expertise in his discipline, Dr. Hammond garnered a laudable reputation as a military historian on behalf of the Vietnam branch of the U.S. Army Center of Military History between 1972 and 200 I. During that period, he planned, researched, and wrote two volumes on the U.S. Army’s relations with the news media during the Vietnam War. The first, titled: Public Affairs: The Military and the Media, 1963-1968, was published in 1989. It received a Notable Government Document citation from the American Library Association in that year. The second volume, covering the years between 1968 and 1973, appeared in August 1996. Following that, Hammond coauthored a third major study on the Afro-American infantryman during the Korean War, Black Soldier, White Army: The 24th Infantry in Korea (1996). He also authored many smaller studies for the Center, for example, a history of the selection and interment of the Vietnam Unknown Soldier, The Unknown Serviceman of the Vietnam Era, and Normandy, a monograph recounting the planning and conduct of the Normandy Invasion. His works on military-media relations and race relations in the Army attracted major attention from the press. As a result, Dr. Hammond has been interviewed over 100 times by various news media, including by the late Peter Jennings of ABC News.
Advancing to become the chief of the general histories branch in 2001, he served as expert consultant-adviser to the Center’s historians and to independent researchers, Congressional committees, and the news media on topics ranging from press coverage of the Persian Gulf War to the effect of media security violations on America’s conflicts from the beginning of the republic. On his own time, he also synthesized his two-volume work on the media in Vietnam into a shorter work oriented toward the individual soldier and the college student. Titled Reporting Vietnam, Media and Military at War, this work was published by the University Press of Kansas in 1998. It became a History Book Club alternate selection and received the Organization of American Historians’ Richard Leopold Award for the best book published by a non-academic historian during the 1999-2000 period.
An alumnus of Catholic University of America, Dr. Hammond received a Bachelor of Sacred Theology in 1967, followed by a Master of Arts in history in 1968 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1973. He has remained active with the Strathmore-Bel Pre-Civic Association as an editor, webmaster and vice-president of the board directors, since 1986. Aligned with several professional organizations, Dr. Hammond is a member of the Society for Military History. He is also a member of the Organization of American Historians, where he was named as a Distinguished Lecturer in 2002.
Among his recognitions, Dr. Hammond was honored in 1985 with a Commander’s Medal for Civilian Service by the U.S. Army Center of Military History. He received a Commendation Award from the University of Maryland in 1998, a Research Fellowship from the Joan Shorenstein Center for The Press and Public Policy from Harvard University in 1999. Upon his retirement from the Center of Military History in 2011, he received a Meritorious Civilian Service Award from the U.S. Department of the Army. A celebrated Marquis listee, Dr. Hammond has been showcased in the 58th through 62nd editions of Who’s Who in America, as well as the 22nd edition of Who’s Who in the World.