Paul Hamilton (1942)
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Jan. 24, 2020

My uncle, Boyce Raymond Lee, was aboard the Paul Hamilton. He was 18 and just finished his training as a photographer. He was on his way to Italy when his ship was hit in the Mediterranean. He was my dad's youngest brother and he was excited when he found out my mom was pregnant. My dad was a cripple and Boyce was excited about me being born so when he got home he could take me fishing and play ball with me. He died 4 days before I was born. Such a tragedy. As I understand it, he was one of 500 men lost. It seems to me that the government shares responsibility for shipping tons of fuel and explosives on board a troop ship.

Gene Lee
West Columbia, SC

Apr. 3, 2016

I am getting a head start and it looks like I won't be going to the Syrian elections unless it is a last minute thing. Because the story have been pretty much the same every year with an updated intro, and responses were only one last year, I want to some of you into the what will be an evolving story.
We have two living witnesses of the convoy on this email list, Chuck Wales, torpedo officer on the Lansdale, which was sunk by a torpedo that night, and he went into the water with the rest of those who could get out. We also have Witt Bates, radioman on the Mosely right in front of the Paul Hamilton who heard all the radio traffic.

If any of you family people have anything new that you have learned about your ancestor please send it along. There are only 8 on this list from the last five years, and my VT story is very easy for families to find if the Google SS Paul Hamilton, to that means families are not looking because they don't know the name of the ship. 

We have honorary members, Bob and Helen Jones. He was on the USS Lanning. They have actually make several trips to the archives and copied everything available and Helen pass the along to me on a CD one wonderful day. The Hamilton exploding photo I have been using was from the 8x10 that she had sent.
She died two years ago and her kids sent me all of their ship and reunion archives.

The next challenge, how to reach more family members any way we can. I am also planning to book a two hour radio show slot this year. More on that as the format develops. I urge you all to contact local media, radio, local tv and print as this is a great human interest story. It turned out that Chuck Wales had been living 15 minutes away from my mother all of these years so I arranged for him to meet her on my birthday with a local reporter and they did a nice story.

I am not disheartened by the small number of you. I had no expectations when I started this. My learning was a fluke because my mother had a good VA man, a retired gov investigator who dug the story our for her. Every email I got from each of you was a blessing, so we will continue to do what we can to honor these unfortunate men and having so many of the families left in the dark as to what really happened to them. We are starting a new Association for Intelligence Officers chapter for Atlanta with our 4th meeting coming up this month. That might open some more doors for us.

Thanks to you all,
Jim W. Dean
Veterans Today

June 11, 2012

I have just discovered that my Dad was on this ship. He was killed on July 20, 1944 just off the coast of North Africa.  I know little information other than this because my Mother, who died when I was 22, would never talk about it.  I am very interested in learning more and knowing for sure that he was on this ship, Paul Hamilton. Is there a list of the people who were aboard the vessel.  Any information would be appreciated.  I have grown up knowing nothing.  I was 16 months old when he was killed and cannot remember him. I am thinking you in advance.

Rose Mary Mason
Daughter of Lt. Walter P. Mason
Shreveport, Louisiana

Reply 1
July 15, 2012

There was a 2nd Lieutenant Walter P. Mason, USAAF #0671673 lost in Paul Hamilton. I do not at this time have a complete list of casualties.

Michael W. Pocock

Dec. 5, 2011

My mother's first husband died on the Hamilton. I found some relative inquires on some of the destroyer blogs, but with no direct contact information to follow up. I have found the torpedo officer on the USS Lansdale...and he lived ten miles from my mother for 55 years and the never met or knew each other. I want to post contact info for any Hamilton KIA families passing through your site.

Jim Dean
Editor, Veterans Today

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