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William Henry Hamilton, American naval officer. Decorated Legion of Merit (United States); Order Commander British Empire, Croix de Guerre. member of staff commander aircraft Atlantic Fleet, 1940-1941.


Hamilton, William Henry was born on October 21, 1899 in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of William Henry and Elizabeth Ada (Young) Hamilton.


Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1923. Student Torpedo School, Newport, Rhode Island, 1924.


Commissioned ensign, United States Navy, 1923, and advanced through the grades to commodore, 1943. Served in United States Ship Utah, 1923-1924, United States Ship Hopkins, 1925. Flight instructor Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, 1925.

With torpedo squadron two (Vermont-2), 1926-1929. Flight instruction, 1929-1931. Fighting squadron one, United States Ship Saratoga, 1931-1933.

Superintendent engine overhaul Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia, 1933-1935. Observation squadron three, United States Ship, New Mexico and Idaho, 1935-1937. Fighting squadron four, United States Ship Ranger, 1937-1938.

Patrol squadron three (later VP-32), 1938-1940. Member of staff commander aircraft Atlantic Fleet, 1940-1941. Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, District of Columbia, 1941-1943.

Commander Fleet Air Wing Seven, 1943-1945. Commander Naval Air Bases 7th Naval District, 1945-1946. Commanding offices United States Ship Antretam, 1946-1947.

Director plans and policy board, office of Secretary of Defense since 1948-1949. Commander Naval Air Bases 5th Naval District since 1949.


Member of staff commander aircraft Atlantic Fleet, 1940-1941.


Married Marjorie Elvira Powell, July 24, 1926. Children: William Henry, Frank Powell.

William Henry Hamilton

Elizabeth Ada (Young) Hamilton

Marjorie Elvira Powell

William Henry Hamilton

Frank Powell Hamilton