Two Buffalo Marines remembered at Gettysburg

By Steve Cichon

Two Buffalo Marines are being remembered with a new monument in Gettysburg, PA–  but it’s not what you might think.

Buffalo Evening News, 1922

On June 26, 1922, two Marines aboard the plane died when their plane crashed in Gettysburg.

This week, a new historical marker was unveiled not for from the spot… which is not far from the Civil War Battlefield.

The Pilot was Captain George Hamilton, a highly decorated World War I hero,  grew up in Buffalo as the son of a correspondent for the old Buffalo Times newspaper.

Gunnery Sgt. George Martin also died in the crash. The 23 year old was a graduate of Buffalo School 37  and lived on Virginia Street in Buffalo.

The ultimate sacrifice of two Marines with Buffalo ties, being remembered 96 years later in Gettysburg, PA.

From The Gettysburg Times:

Marker to remember last battlefield line-of-duty deaths dedicated

Monument dedication. Gettysburg Times photo

Approximately 100 people gathered in Gettysburg Tuesday to honor the last men to die in the line of duty on the battlefield.

Those deaths occurred not in 1863, but on June 26, 1922, when a plane piloted by a World War I hero crashed near Steinwehr Avenue.

A new historical wayside marker now stands a block off Steinwehr at the intersection of Johns Street and Culp Avenue. It tells the story of U.S. Marine Corps Capt. George W. Hamilton and his passenger, Gunnery Sgt. George R. Martin.

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon is a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. writing about the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The storyteller and historian has written six books, worn bow ties since the 80s, and is the News Director at WECK Radio. A 25 year Buffalo media veteran, Steve's contributed more than 1400 Buffalo History stories to The Buffalo News, worked at WIVB-TV, Empire Sports Network, and spent ten years as a newsman and News Director at WBEN Radio. He's also put his communication skills to work as an adjunct professor, a producer of PBS documentaries, and even run for Erie County Clerk. Steve's Buffalo roots run deep: all eight of his great-grandparents called Buffalo home, with his first ancestors arriving here in 1827.