Delles Henry Hamlett

Published 3:00 pm Tuesday, June 25, 2013

RICHMOND, June 25 – Delles Henry Hamlett, of Richmond, peacefully passed away Friday, June 21, 2013 at the age of 94.

Sgt. Hamlett was a Pearl Harbor survivor in the U.S. Army Combat Engineers (Company D, 2nd Battalion, 34th Engineers). He fought for his country for four years in a demolition unit in the Pacific Theater. Sgt. Hamlett was awarded the Army Silver Star “for resourcefulness, courage and utter disregard for personal safety above and beyond the call of duty”. This award was given as a member of an advanced demolition unit in the taking of Tinian Island in the Marianas.

After the war, he returned to Richmond, was active in the brick industry and retired from General Shale. He was a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and the American Legion Post 186.

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He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Evelyn Blunt Hamlett; son, Delles Henry Hamlett Jr. and wife, Wanda Garrett Hamlett; and sister, Eleanor Melton. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joel Henry Hamlett of Cullen.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, June 25 at Maury Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors Project.

Blileys-Chippenham Funeral Home, Richmond, served the family.