Brattleboro WWII veteran turns 100

A member of the “Greatest Generation” and World War II veteran celebrated a milestone birthday on Wednesday, as Vermonter Dick Hamilton turned 100. Hamilton is a lifelong resident of Brattleboro who was born September 28, 1922. He said there was no electricity on his family’s farm when he was growing up. After graduating from high school, Hamilton was drafted into the United States Army Air Corp in 1942 and became a radio operator on a B-17 Flying Fortress. During one particular mission in the skies above Germany, Hamilton’s bomber was shot down. Four of his crewmates were killed, while he and the other five crew members were able to bail out the spinning aircraft. After parachuting behind enemy lines, he was immediately captured by German forces. “What I will always remember is that I had my arms above my head and I walked down to the outskirts of the village, and a big man with a mustache spat in my face,” said he declared. .Hamilton spent the next ten months in a German prison camp. He and the other prisoners were forced to walk for 77 days in winter with little clothing, food or water. “My feet were so infected they were yellow and black,” Hamilton said. After returning from the war in 1945, Hamilton married his then-girlfriend, Joyce, and the two settled in Brattleboro before having children. They worked at Skyline Restaurant on Hogback Mountain, a popular mountaintop restaurant with views of the surrounding landscape that stretched for miles. cakes, sausages and pure maple syrup,” Hamilton said fondly. taking advantage of the calm of its agricultural land of 15 hectares. And his secret to living as long as he has? Eat healthy and treat others with respect. “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you, and love your neighbor as yourself. I think that has served me well, all along,” he said.

A member of the “Greatest Generation” and World War II veteran celebrated a milestone birthday on Wednesday, as Vermonter Dick Hamilton turned 100.

Hamilton is a lifelong resident of Brattleboro who was born September 28, 1922. He said there was no electricity on his family’s farm when he was growing up.

After graduating from high school, Hamilton was drafted into the United States Army Air Corp in 1942 and became a radio operator on a B-17 Flying Fortress.

During one particular mission in the skies over Germany, Hamilton’s bomber was shot down. Four of his crewmates were killed, while he and the other five crew members were able to bail out the spinning aircraft.

After parachuting behind enemy lines, he was immediately captured by German forces.

“What I will always remember is having my arms above my head and walking down to the outskirts of the village, and a tall man with a mustache spat in my face,” he said. he declares.

Hamilton spent the next ten months in a German prison camp. He and the other prisoners were forced to walk for 77 days in winter with little clothing, food or water.

“My feet were so infected they were yellow and black,” Hamilton said.

After returning from the war in 1945, Hamilton married his then-girlfriend, Joyce, and the two settled in Brattleboro before eventually having children.

They worked at Skyline Restaurant on Hogback Mountain, a popular mountaintop restaurant with views of the surrounding landscape that stretched for miles.

“Our menu was grilled cakes, sausages and pure maple syrup,” Hamilton said fondly.

Hamilton and his wife worked at the Skyline restaurant for nearly 50 years and were married until his death in 2005.

Now Hamilton said he enjoys spending his days sitting on his porch and enjoying the peace of his 34-acre farmland.

And his secret to living as long as he did? Eat healthy and treat others with respect.

“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you, and love your neighbor as yourself. I think that has served me well, all along,” he said.


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