Bill Hamilton, Sky-Hi News columnist, to be inducted into military hall of fame
Long-time Grand County resident Lt. Col. William “Bill” Hamilton retired from the U.S. Army will be inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame at a gala banquet ceremony in early November in Norman, Okla.
The Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Oklahoma Military Heritage Foundation. The Hall of Fame honors the men and women who served with distinction in the Uniformed Services of the United States and who continued to render distinguished service to our nation. See: http://www.okmhf.org.
“This is, indeed, a great honor,” said Hamilton. “I am humbled to be in the same Hall with fellow Oklahomans: Sgt. Bill Mauldin, Gen. Tommy Franks, Brigadier Gen. Robby Risner, astronaut Thomas Stafford, and former Oklahoma Gov. Henry Bellmon, who served the Marine Corps as a major general.”
Hamilton was cited for his successful careers in the military, government, academe, business, aviation, and journalism. “I suppose all that sounds impressive,” said Hamilton. “But just means I have a hard time keeping a steady job.”
Hamilton is already the recipient of a number of awards accorded to him in Nebraska, Colorado, and Oklahoma. In 2008, he was named to the Oklahoma University Army ROTC Wall of Fame. He is a laureate of the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame, the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame, and, along with his wife, Dr. Penny Hamilton, was named an outstanding alumnus of the University of Nebraska.
“Penny, my wife of 47 years, like so many military family members, is more deserving of this award than I am,” said Hamilton. “I claim to be a member of the Denis Thatcher Society which is reserved for men who marry women who are smarter than they are. I suspect there are a lot of people in Grand County who would agree with that.”
Hamilton contributes his weekly syndicated column “Central View” to Sky-Hi News.
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