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Clarence Hamilton (Class of 1921) Honored as a 2018 Hawkeye Distinguished Veteran Award Winner

Seven members of the University of Iowa family will be recognized during the Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Awards on Nov. 15.

The event is sponsored by the Chief Diversity Office and the Center for Diversity and Enrichment as well as the UI Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC programs, the Division of Student Life/Iowa Memorial Union, UI Military and Veteran Student Services, and the Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Memorial Awards Committee.

The 2018 recipients of the Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Memorial Award include Clarence E. Hamilton (Class of 1921), U.S Army.

Clarence Hamilton was a UI College of Law student when he left to serve as an ambulance driver during World War I. Hamilton was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French government for his bravery.

Hamilton returned to Iowa Law after World War I and graduated in 1921. After starting in private practice, Hamilton was elected county attorney and later special assistant to the attorney general of Iowa.

In 1943, at the age of 50, Hamilton re-enlisted in the Army as an attorney. Hamilton headed all civil courts and prisons in Nuremberg and Bavaria, tried thousands of cases, and was tasked with the de-Nazification of the civil courts system. Upon returning from Germany, Hamilton continued practicing as an attorney and served as a District Court Judge in Johnson County from 1960 to 1968. When he retired from the bench at 75, Hamilton resumed his private practice work.


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