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John Hamilton (AKA: Sterling Hayden)

Date of birth: March 26, 1916
Date of death: May 23, 1986
Place of Birth: New Jersey, Upper Montclair

Born Sterling Relyea Walter, American's know him best as Sterling Hayden, Hollywood actor and star of nearly 60 motion pictures including "Dr. Strangelove." Already a budding star before World War II, Hayden joined the Marine Corps and was convinced by one of William Donovan's sons to join the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Due his personal fame, he changed his name to John Hamilton, and it was under that name he operated clandestinely in Italy to open sea lanes and other dangerous work including running guns through German lines to the Yugoslav partisans and parachuting into fascist Croatia..


Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star (Army Award) to Captain John Hamilton (AKA: Sterling Hayden) (MCSN: 0-22085), United States Marine Corps, for gallantry in action while serving with the Office of Strategic Services in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations from 24 December 1943 to 2 January 1944. Captain Hamilton displayed great courage in making hazardous sea voyage in enemy infested waters and reconnaissance's through enemy held areas. His conduct reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Armed Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 145 (July 31, 1946)

Action Date: December 24, 1943 - January 2, 1944

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Captain

Division: Office of Strategic Services