KIA November 26, 2006
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas
Died when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Baghdad. Also killed were 1LT David Fraser and Pvt. Joshua Burrows.
Jason Hamill was born in New Haven, CT, one of a set of triplets with an older sister. He attended grade school in Salem and graduated from East Lyme High School in 1993. He spent a lot of his high school career wrestling, running track and playing the drums in the school band. But when he got to college, his father said, being a member of the ROTC program and studying engineering took up most of his time. He entered the Army as soon as he graduated from college in January 1998.
As a soldier, he served in Kosovo and Afghanistan and was hoping to start a family with his wife when he returned from Iraq. Hamill and his wife, Karen, married in 2005 and were in the middle of fixing up their four-bedroom house in Killeen, Texas, when Jason was killed.
Dick Hamill, Jason’s father, said his son “enjoyed being in the Army. He believed in what he was doing and felt a strong sense of purpose.”
CAPT Jason Hamill was 31 years old from New Haven, Connecticut
Original portrait presented November 24, 2009 to his wife and family during a private event.