Location on the
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Washington, D. C.
Panel 22E Line 054
Palacios' William Hamlin Becomes County's Fifth Viet Nam Fatality
By Ron Fenski
its first Viet Nam war fatality recently when Army Specialist Four
William Lloyd Hamlin was killed in action.
The 23-year-old Matagorda Countian was on a security mission when
his division was engaged in a flash fire fight with the enemy. His
death took place on June 22 and makes him the fifth countian to die
in the Southeast Asia conflict.
Arrival time of the body to the United States and on to Palacios is
still unknown at this point.
Specialist Hamlin is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Reagan Hamlin,
He was named for his Uncle William Lloyd Queen who was the first
Palacios fatality in World War Two.
A graduate of Palacios High School, Hamlin participated in all of
the school sports, was an active member of FFA and later attended
Southwestern Business College.
Specialist Hamlin had definite convictions on the U. S. stand in
Viet Nam, his parents told this reporter. He believed in being there
despite the ominous conditions.
He had suffered prior injury when his tank hit a land mine, and many
times traveled down the dangerous Rt. 1.
He entered the U. S. Army Sept. 1964 and received his basic training
at Fort Polk, La. He had specialized training at Fort Knox, Ky and
spent 18 months in Germany with Company B, 1st Battalion, 64th
His tour of duty in Viet Nam began Sept. 11, 1966.
The relatives bereaved are Mr. and Mrs. Hamlin, a sister Mrs. Alta
Marie Patrick of Cold Spring, Texas; and a brother, Marine Lance
Corporal Tommy Hamlin, age 26, who is stationed at Cherry Point
M.C.A.S., North Carolina.
The Daily Tribune,
June 29, 1967
Funeral Services Held Here Monday For William
Funeral services for SP/4
William Lloyd Hamlin were held Monday, July 3, at 2:30 p.m. in the
Church of Christ with Norris Neeley officiating. Interment was in
the Palacios Cemetery.
W. L. Hamlin was killed in action in Vietnam on June 22 while on a
security mission engaged in fire fight with hostile forces.
A son of Mr. and Mrs. Reagan Hamlin, W. L. was born in Freeport on
March 12, 1943. He attended the Palacios schools, graduating with
the class of 1962.
He joined the U. S. Army in September, 1964. He took his basic
training at Ft. Polk, La., his specialized training at Fort Knox,
Ky. and served 18 months in Germany before being sent to Vietnam on
September 11, 1966.
He is survived by his parents, a sister, Mrs. Alta Marie Patrick of
Coldspring, Texas and a brother Lance Corporal Tommy Hamlin,
stationed at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, North Carolina.
Palacios Beacon, July
Edna Hazel Queen Hamlin and
Thomas Reagan Hamlin, Sr.
Mrs. Hamlin's parking sign at the
Edna Hazel Hamlin
(October 20, 1913 - February 3, 2012)
Edna H. Hamlin, 98, of Palacios
passed away Feb. 3, 2012. She was born Oct. 20, 1913 in
Duke, Oklahoma to the late John F. Queen and Mary Duncan
Queen. She was a longtime member of the Church of Christ
and a Charter Member of Queen-Hamlin VFW Post 2467
Ladies Auxiliary which was established in 1950.
She was preceded in death by her
husband Thomas R. Hamlin, Sr.; son William Lloyd Hamlin,
and grandchildren Tip Patrick and Amie Hamlin.
Survivors include son Thomas R.
Hamlin, Jr. & wife Gail of Rockport, TX; grandchildren
Chyrel Brennan, Robert B. Patrick and Emilie G.
Schneider and great grandchildren Robert Tyler Patrick,
Shannon Lindley, Zachry Schneider, Amie Schneider and
The family will receive friends and
relatives from 4pm to 7pm Sunday at the funeral home.
Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 at
the Palacios Funeral Home with Brother Shan Jackson
officiating. Interment will follow at Palacios Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Charles Winfield, Chris Harvey, Tino
Rojas, Gus Valcik, Gene Eggemeyer and Freddie Eggemeyer.
The family asks that memorials be made to Queen-Hamlin
VFW Post 2467 in Palacios.
Palacios Beacon, February 8,
Funeral services were held
for Thomas Reagan Hamlin, Sr., 68, on Dec. 23, 1983 at 4 p.m. in the
Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Nolan Balch and Shan Jackson
officiating. Interment followed at Palacios Cemetery.
Hamlin died Dec. 21, 1983 at
Wagner General Hospital. He was the son of Orvil Byron Hamlin and
Allie Bell. He was affiliated with the Church of Christ, resided in
the city for 38 years and was employed by Matagorda
Survivors include his wife,
Edna Queen Hamlin; one daughter, Alta Marie White of Cold Springs,
TX; one son, Thomas R. Hamlin, Jr. of Rosenberg; one sister, Pauline
Hamlin Tyler of Houston; three brothers, Orvil Byron and Raymond of
Palacios, and William Bonard Hamlin of Sweeny.
Pallbearers were: James A.
Alton, Kenneth Peterson, James P. Nelson, Bill Dorries, Burt Johnson
December 28, 1983
Photos of W. L. and Mr. and
Mrs. Hamlin courtesy of Mrs. Edna Hamlin.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial rubbing courtesy of Anette Uher.