Monday, May 11, 2015

Pvt Raymond F. Hamilton - We Remember

Raymond Hamilton was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert (Eva Demonceau) Hamilton of Dracut.  He was killed in action during the fight for control of Iwo Jima on March 1, 1945. During World War II when Marines were wounded they were brought to a ship to be treated. If they died of their wounds they would sometimes be buried at sea.  So Pvt Hamilton was buried at sea with full military honors and is remembered on the Court of the Missing in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Sadly, he was the second son to die in World War II. His brother Rudolph died in France, November 8, 1944 and is buried at Epinal America Cemetery in France.

Raymond was a graduate of Dracut High School and worked at the Merrimack Woolen Mills before enlisting. He was engaged to Miss Rita Soucier of Bridgeport, CT formerly of Lowell. He was only 19 years old.

He was also survived by three brothers; Louis in the U.S. Navy, PFC Ernest in Germany, young brother Robert and two sisters Mrs. Eva Goyette and Mrs. Lillian Tetreault.

He is one of over 3,000 Marines buried at sea during World War II. Please remember Pvt Raymond Hamilton and his brother Rudolph who never came home.

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