1st LT John Lewis Hamilton was a pilot and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. From Mississippi, he entered the service on July 15, 1942 and graduated from flight training at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama on May 28, 1943, Class 43-E-SE (Single-Engine Fighter) as a 2nd LT. Soon after, he was deployed to North Africa where he was forced to crash-land his plane. He was awarded the Purple Heart. He was discharged from the service on November 18, 1946.