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Quincy nursing unit named for native Korean War hero

October 20, 2018

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A skilled-nursing addition to the state-run veterans’ home in Quincy has been named for a Medal of Honor winner killed in the Korean War.

Cpl. Lester Hammond Jr. grew up in Quincy. He was killed in action protecting his unit from enemy fire. He is buried at Sunset Cemetery at the veterans’ home.

Hammond Hall is a former nursing home the state purchased to provide 150 skilled-nursing beds. It’s part of a revamp of the veterans facility beset by Legionnaires’ disease that has led to the deaths of 14 residents since 2015.

Brad Richmiller is Hammond’s nephew. He says the family is grateful for the memorial to his uncle.

Legionnaires’ is a water-borne malady. Officials say Hammond Hall will have new plumbing and state-of-the-art water filtration.

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