World War Ace Who Died Fighting Is Campus Hero
Battle of Britain Brings Hamilton's Spirit Out of Retirement
In the light of today's world events Syracuse University students, for the first time in many years, are paying new-found respect to the glorious memory of a member of the Class of 1916 who became one of the World War's ace combat fliers while tales of his scholastic prowess were still fresh on Piety Hill.
Honor due the flying Phi Beta Kappa, who won the highest aviation honors of two nations, drawing praise from both British and
American high commands for exceptional bravery in action, is being accorded him once more after passing years had begun to shroud his memory.
With the Battle of Britain "front page" news and the student flying course the most exciting on their curriculum, contemporary undergraduates are evincing new interest in a placque hanging in the Psi Upsilon fraternity house commemorating the heroic exploits of Lieut. Lloyd Andrews Hamilton
Hung in the fraternity's living room 8 years ago by his former room-mates, the account of the heroism and skill of the Flying Saltine Warrior, who was flight commander of the American 17th Aero Squadron when he was killed in action six weeks before the Armistice, received but occasional notice from the hurrying students until recently.
The story of how a Syracuse University student, graduated near the top of his class, became the first American officer to fly with the British Royal Flying Corps and of how he won the British Distinguished Flying Cross and the American Distinguished Service Cross with personal citation from General Pershing, reads more like fiction than the actual account of a young man who lived a glorious life and died a glorious death before he was 24 years old.
In 1932 Hamilton Field, Novato, Calif., an Army bombing base, was named after Lieutenant Hamilton for his "remarkable record and
fearless reputation" to World War service to his country.
Born In Troy, N. Y., June 13, 1894, the son of Dr. John A. and Jennie B. Andrews Hamilton, Lloyd Hamilton later moved with his family to Pittsfield, Mass., where he graduated with honors from Pittsfield High School in 1911, the president of his class.
Earning further honors the next year, he was valedictorian of Jacob Tome Institution in Maryland where he won the school scholarship prize. He further distinguished himself at the preparatory school in debating, track and football.
Equal brilliance marked his record at Syracuse where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1916, magna cum laude, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
While here, he played freshman football and was a member of the varsity track team.
Syracuse Herald-American - Sunday, September 22, 1940