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Col. Thomas Hamlin USMC (Ret.)


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Col. Thomas Hamlin USMC (Ret.) Obituary
Colonel Thomas Michael Hamlin, USMC (Ret.), 82, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2015 surrounded by his family. Originally from Charlevoix, Michigan, Tom received his undergraduate degree from The University of Notre Dame and became an officer in the United States Marine Corps. During 32 years of active duty Colonel Hamlin served in various Marine Corps and Joint Commands, including the US European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. He attended the US Army Infantry Career Course, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, The Army War College and received Masters Degrees from Northwestern University and Webster University. He served two tours in Vietnam and commanded the Second Battalion, 5th Marines at AN HOA and the QUE SAN Mountains. His decorations included the prestigious Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit (2 awards, one with Combat "V"). After his military retirement Tom enjoyed a second career with Prairie State Legal Services. Tom is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years Elizabeth Ann (Hillyard), children - Ree (Tom) Lewis, Tom Hamlin, Charlie (Becky) Hamlin, Theresa (Clay) Grumke, and Jeff (Leisa) Hamlin, 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughter, Paula Hamlin, parents Charles and Pauline Hamlin and sister Patricia McCort. Visitation will be on Friday morning, January 16, 2015 at Wenban Funeral Home, 320 Vine Ave, Lake Forest, IL from 10:00-11:00 am with funeral mass to follow at 11:30 am at Church of St. Mary, 175 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest, IL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Prairie State Legal Services, Administrative Office, 303 N. Main St., Suite 600, Rockford, IL 61101 and the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, 875 N. Randolph St., Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Jan. 15, 2015
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