Services are scheduled for Friday for Lt. Col. William A. Hamilton -- the last surviving member of the iconic 1942 "Muster on the Rock" at Corregidor in the Philippines, according to The Association of Former Students.
Hamilton was stationed at Camp Mills upon arriving in November 1941 and went on to be one of the 12 surviving Aggies to serve on Corregidor Island.
Despite being under near-constant attack, in the days leading up to April 21 -- the official date of the Muster ceremony worldwide -- the names of all the Texas A&M soldiers on the island were called for by a fellow Aggie who was a general in command at Corregidor. The act gained nationwide attention in the U.S. and paved the way for the Aggies' return to the island in 1946 for the famous "Victory Muster."
Hamilton spent three years as a prisoner of war before being freed in August 1945 and was later awarded several honors for his service, including the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, a Distinguished Unit Badge with three oak leaf clusters and a Prisoner of War medal.
Friday's visitation will be at 10 a.m. at Johnson County Funeral Chapel and Memorial Gardens in Overland Park, Kansas with a service following at 11 a.m. Hamilton died at the age of 99 Thursday at assisted living facility Garden Terrace Overland Park in Kansas.