William A. Hamilton

Inducted: 2014

WILLIAM A. HAMILTON (1935- ), a Pauls Valley native, began his journalism career as a paperboy for the Anadarko Daily News. A Master Parachutist, he served 20 years as an infantry officer, including two tours in Vietnam, earning the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, 20 Air Medals, four Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart. He served as editor-in-chief of the Lincoln Capital Times. For 25 years, along with his syndicated newspaper column, he was a featured commentator for USA Today. He has also been a guest commentator on PBS NewsHour and CNN. The author of award-winning articles on military and aviation subjects, he and his wife Penny are the authors of four spy novels. He is a member of the Oklahoma Army ROTC Wall of Fame, Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame, and the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame.