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Ashe County Veterans History Project: Timothy C. Hamm


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Timothy C. Hamm' Story

Timothy C. Hamm, son of J.B. and Margaret B. Calhoun Hamm and a graduate of Northwest High School in Ashe County, decided to go in the Army after graduation. He was a young man who wanted to serve his country. He grew up helping on the family farm and playing sports. His sports activities in school were wrestling and football. Tim’s hobbies while growing up were playing with his pet pigeon and dog, riding sleighs all winter and building tree houses.

After being examined and entering the Army, he went through basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. After basic training at Fort Knox, Tim was sent to Fort Lee, Virginia. From Fort Lee he was sent to South Korea. While in South Korea he was in the Signal Battalion. His tour in Korea was enjoyable and a great experience for him. After a year in Korea he was sent back to the United States to Fort Riley, Kansas (Every soldier’s favorite base!?).

Tim was then sent to Germany where he spent three months in horrible conditions. Germany wasn’t as enjoyable as Korea but it was part of being in the Army. Like all good soldiers he endured it. Then he was sent back to Fort Riley, Kansas. The Granada Crisis happened while he was in the Army, but he didn’t have to go to Granada. During Tim’s time in service he was promoted to the rank of E5 Acting Sergeant. 

After two years he was discharged with an honorable discharge. Tim came back to work in Ashe County. He met Sandra Viers and they were married not long after that. Tim and Sandy have two children: Brittany Hamm Woford and Lucas Tyler Hamm. They also have two grandchildren, Alysia and Adeline Woford.

After a few years active in church and teaching Sunday School, Tim was called into the ministry. Tim answered his calling and is the current bi-vocational pastor of Big Springs Baptist Church. He is also working in the insurance industry full time. Tim is also a member of the American Legion.

-- Written by J.B. Hamm