Rank: Major
Organization: U.S. Army
Division: Air Corps
Born: 3 August 1898, Tuxedo Park, N.Y.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: New York, N.Y.
G.O. Number: 4
Date of Issue: 01/23/1943
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Port Lyautey, French Morocco, 8 November 1942


Army Medal of Honor

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty. On 8 November 1942, near Port Lyautey, French Morocco, Lt. Col. Hamilton volunteered to accompany Col. Demas Craw on a dangerous mission to the French commander, designed to bring about a cessation of hostilities. Driven away from the mouth of the Sebou River by heavy shelling from all sides, the landing boat was finally beached at Mehdia Plage despite continuous machinegun fire from 3 low-flying hostile planes. Driven in a light truck toward French headquarters, this courageous mission encountered intermittent firing, and as it neared Port Lyautey a heavy burst of machinegun fire was delivered upon the truck from pointblank range, killing Col. Craw instantly. Although captured immediately, after this incident, Lt. Col. Hamilton completed the mission.