The flag flying over the bandstand during June is in honor of Dennis Clark Hamilton of Barnes City.
Dennis Clark Hamilton
May 4, 1946 - January 5, 1968
The United States Army
On January 5, 1968, a team composed of Chief Warrant Officer Dennis C. Hamilton, of Barnes City, IA; Chief Warrant Officer Sheldon D. Schultz, of Altoona, PA.; Sgt. 1st Class Ernest F. Briggs Jr., of San Antonio, TX; Sgt. 1st Class John T. Gallagher, of Hamden, CT.; and Sgt. 1st Class James D. Williamson, of Olympia, WA, crewed a UH-1D helicopter that was inserting a patrol into Savannakhet Province, Laos. As the aircraft approached the landing zone, it was struck by enemy ground fire, causing it to nose over and crash. There were no survivors. All attempts to reach the site over the next several days were repulsed by enemy fire. Between 1995 and 2006, numerous U.S./Lao People's Democratic Republic Socialist Republic of Vietnam teams, all led by the Joint POWMIA Accounting Command (JPAC), conducted more than five investigations, including interviews with Vietnamese citizens who said they witnessed the crash. Between 2002 and 2006, JPAC led three excavations of the site, recovering remains and other material evidence, including identification tags for Schultz, Hamilton, and Briggs. Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC also used dental comparisons to identify the remains. Dennis's remains were recovered on November 15, 2002, and identified on November 13, 2006.
The group remains of this crew were buried on August 14, 2007, at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. Dennis is honored on the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Washington DC. Name inscribed at VVM Wall, Panel 33e, Line 49.
Those left to honor his memory were his parents, Charles and Hazel Hamilton of Barnes City; his brother, Rodney Hamilton; and sisters: Joyce Beyer and Sara Hoover.
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