Hamilton and Martin, WW1 Marines
Fund raising for a way-side memorial marker Dedicated to the Memory of two Marines, the
Last Line-of-Duty Deaths on Gettysburg Battlefield
On June 26, 1922, Capt. Hamilton and GySgt. Martin died in the crash of their de Havilland DH-4B when it went into a tail spin on approach for landing. The plane crashed on the William Johns Farm in Gettysburg killing both Marine Aviators during the Marine Corps reenactment maneuvers.
Capt. George Wallis Hamilton 1892-1922
Decorated War Hero Marine Aviator – WWI - Fifth Marines (Inf)
Awarded: The Cross de Guerre, Navy Cross, and
Distinguished Service Cross for gallantry in action at
Meuse-Argonne and Chateau Thierry Campaigns in 1918
Gunnery Sergeant George R. Martin 1899-1922
Rear Seat Gunner/Observer/Mechanic
To Honor their Memory and Service in the United States Marine Corps
LEST WE FORGET
The Marine WW1 way-side memorial marker will be placed on the property of the Gettysburg Heritage Center near the location of the crash site. Target date for the dedication is June 24 or 25, 2017.
Any monies raised over the cost will be donated to the Marine Corps League of Pennsylvania Foundation.
As the 95th Anniversary of their crash approaches, there is still no memorial to mark the death of the only Marines on Gettysburg Battlefield. It is time to correct that.
We need to raise $7500 for the Captain George Willis Hamilton and Gunnery Sergeant George Russell Martin USMC, Way-Side Memorial.
Our Memorial Committee asks for your donations to help make this memorial a reality by June 26, 2017. As Commandant, I am proud to announce the Gettysburg Battlefield Detachment passed a motion to immediately donate $500 to the cause. Donations can be from organizations or individuals.
We can not do this without your help.