Sgt Vernon L. Hamilton
US Army/ US Army Air Corps
KIA WWII Veteran
11 & 13 April 2019
Coraopolis & Monongahela, PA
The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited by the family of Sgt Vernon L. Hamilton US Army/US Army Air Corps to escort to Frye Funeral Home in Monongahela on the 11th of April then Stand In Silent Honor for his service and interment with military honors on the 13th of April.
On the 21 March 1945, Veron Hamilton was a member of the 642nd Bombardment Squadron, 409th Bombardment Group, 9th Bombardment Division, 9th Air Force, aboard an A-26B, when his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and went missing during a combat mission from Couvron, France to Dülmen, Germany. Hamilton, his pilot, 2nd Lt. Lynn W. Hadfield, and the other crewman, Sgt. John Kalausich, had been participating in the interdiction campaign to obstruct German troop movements in preparation for the Allied crossing of the Rhine River on 23 March 1945. After the war, the American Graves Registration Command extensively searched the area where the aircraft was believed to have crashed, however no crash sites could be positively matched with Hamilton’s aircraft. In June 2016, a German researcher, Adolph Hagedorn, who had previously collaborated with Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, JPAC (a predecessor to DPAA) contacted DPAA historians regarding a crash site he had found in Hülsten-Reken, Germany, that could possibly be linked to Hamilton’s aircraft. In September 2016, Hagedorn led DPAA to the crash site in a horse paddock, where the aircraft matched the description of Hamilton’s.
In November and December 2016, under a partnership, History Flight, Inc., a nongovernmental organization, excavated the crash site, recovering aircraft material, life support equipment, personal effects and possible osseous material.
Sgt Vernon L. Hamilton received the Purple Heart, Air Medal,Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Campaign Medal,European, African, Middle-Eastern Campaign Medal w/ One Bronze Service Star and the WWII Victory Medal.
Vernon served our country with Honor, its now our turn to Escort & Stand In Honor for him.
Thursday, 11 April 2019
Times are subject to change for Staging, Briefing & KSU so, Please check back on the Mission post before planning your day.
Staging: 5:30 PM
US Army Reserves
99 Soldiers Ln, Coraopolis, PA 15108
Briefing: 5:45 PM
Details of the Mission will be discussed.
Pittsburgh International Airport
1000 Airport Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15231
Following the Transport KSU, Escorting to:
Frye Funeral Home
427 W Main St, Monongahela, PA 15063
Saturday, 13 April 2019
Staging: 9:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church
609 Chess St, Monongahela, PA 15063
Briefing: 9:15 AM
Flag Line: 9:30 AM
Visitation 10 AM-11 AM
Service at 11:00 AM
Following the service, KSU for interment to:
800 Country Club Rd, Monongahela, PA 15063
Interment at 12:30 PM
Please keep in mind, all will need to bring their photo id if attending Thursday also, Please have a full tank prior to Staging. There will be No Stops, we will be traveling directly to Pittsburgh International Airport then to Monongahela.
Members can attend all of a Mission or any part of the Mission. PGR sets no time for a Member to Escort and or Stand a Mission. We Thank you for whatever time you give us and the families of our Heroes appreciate your time.
Concealed Carry Permits are NOT recognized on Military Installations and Federal Reservations and please, DO NOT bring weapons or hazardous materials to this Mission.
Please Watch The Weather, Dress Accordingly & Bring Your 3 X 5 Handheld American Flags.