Stanley Hamilton Jr.

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  • "I worked with Stan in Voc. Rehab. at Springfield Hospital...."
    - Wanda Yingling
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Stanley Hamilton Jr. 89, of Westminster MD died Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at his home in Westminster. Born July 27, 1925 in Cumberland MD., he was the son of the late Stanley Hamilton Sr. and Martha Downton Hamilton. He graduated from Fort Hill High School in Cumberland. Stanley enlisted in the Army soon after graduating from high school and after basic training; he was assigned to a war college program at the Johns Hopkins University. He had completed 2 semesters when the Army found they needed more troops overseas and curtailed the program. By August 1944, he was fighting in Europe having scaled the beach at Omaha which was strewn with the wreckage of D Day. In the fall of 1944 while a 19 year old private, he was scouting for the 84th Division in western Germany near the Belgium border and was caught in the cross fire of allied and German tanks. He was severely injured when a tank shell exploded next to him having suffered injuries to his chest, arm and shoulder. He underwent 4 surgeries and spent approximately 18 months recuperating in Army hospitals in England and the United States. He married Arlene Chen, his high school sweetheart in 1947, graduated from Western Maryland College and settled in Westminster. He worked as a social worker for the old Carroll County Welfare Board from 1954 to 1959, at which time he accepted a position as a counselor with the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), establishing a full time office in Westminster City Hall. During this time, he also hosted the TV show "Comeback" for WMAR TV, a public service television program and supervised educational units for the DVR in Baltimore County Schools. In 1976, Stanley accepted a position to supervise the rehabilitation unit at Springfield Hospital. During that time he also earned a Masters Degree in Psychology from Loyola College. He retired from the state in 1980, and continued to work with Viet Nam veterans suffering from PTSD. He is survived by his wife Arlene of 68 years, his son Brian, daughter-in-law Lizann and granddaughter Lauren Hamilton. He was predeceased by two sons Stanley III and James. The family will receive friends on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm in the chapel of PRITTS FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 412 Washington Rd., Westminster. Funeral services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made, in his name, to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Online condolences may be offered at

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Pritts Funeral Home
412 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
Published in Carroll County Times on Feb. 24, 2015
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