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William Bernard Hamacher

Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps

2399270

B Company
1st Battalion
4th Marine Regiment
3rd Marine Division

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: May 22, 1968
Buried at: New St. Mary's Cemetery
                  Bellmawr, New Jersey
Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS WILLIAM BERNARD HAMACHER was born on July 11, 1949 in Woodbury, Nassau County, New York. A 1967 graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School in his hometown of Gloucester City NJ, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps a month after graduation. He had planned on becoming a teacher. Hamacher was a soprano horn soloist in the Vagabonds Drum and Bugle Corps and enjoyed baseball, weightlifting and school plays.

William Hamcher enlisted in the US Marine Corps, 1st Division in July 1968, a month after graduating from high school and a year after his cousin, John Rodgers of Gloucester City, died in Vietnam. Hamacher attained the rank of Private First Class,
served as a 0331 machine gunner and was a gun team leader. Private First Class Hamacher was killed in action during an ambush in Vietnam on May 22, 1968. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Pistol Expert Medal, and Rifle Sharp Shooter Medal.


Camden Courier-Post

June 6, 1968

Remembrances
The following remembrances have been left at
The Virtual Wall for WILLIAM BERNARD HAMACHER:

Text Remembrance

THE AMERICAN WAY
Posted by BOB FAIR AMER LEGION POST 135, A FELLOW VETERAN

Photo Remembrance

Gloucester Catholic High Class of 1967
Posted by Robert Greer, We were high school classmates

Text Remembrance

Bugle Billy
Posted by Edward John Lynd IV, Other:

Text Remembrance

A best friend
Posted by Carlos Cortez, We grew up together

Text Remembrance

Hellooooo Billy
Posted by Robert Greer,

Text Remembrance

Gone But Not Forgotten
Posted by Hillary Malsberger Dayton, We were close friends

 


WILLIAM BERNARD HAMACHER
is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
on Panel 65E, Row 11.


MESSAGES LEFT ON THEWALL-USA

** Note that some of these messages are from years ago
 and their contact information may not be good anymore **

Honoring you today Marine. Rest in peace Marine knowing that we will never forget your sacrifice and service to the Corps and our Country. Semper-Fi Marine. Cpl.Harton USMC Ret. Vietnam 1967

Ray Harton
mc2316774@aol.com
Fellow Marine
Tuesday, July 11, 2000

Gone, Dear Friend, But Never Forgotten

Billy and I were in drum corps together back in the '60's. I'll never forget his quick wit and tall lanky build. He was a great friend, a great Marine, and a true hero. He is deeply missed. As the mother of a U.S. Marine who served in Iraq, I truly feel closer to Billy and what he fought for. OOH RAH Billy, Semper Fi.

Hillary Dayton (Malsberger)
Sungirl614@aol.com
Friend
Jacksonville, NC
Monday, September 29, 2003


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