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CAPT Larry D. Hamilton, a retired U.S. Navy and defense industry media relations and public affairs specialist, died on April 5, 2017 from complications due to diabetes. A veteran of 22 years as a U.S. Navy Public Affairs Officer, Hamilton retired as a Captain from the position of Deputy Chief of Information in June 1982. Other positions held during his Navy tenure include Public Affairs Officer, Commander-in-Chief Atlantic and Atlantic Fleet; Director, Navy Office of Information, Dallas, TX; Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs), and Director, Public Information Division, Chief of Information, Navy Department. He was Media officer, Commander-in-Chief U.S. Pacific Fleet from July 1968-1970, during which time he was responsible for the media center for the return of the Crew of the USS Pueblo and subsequent Court of Inquiry. During his career he gained a reputation for skillfully coordinating media relations for major events including The Nixon-Thieu meeting at Midway Island, June 1969, and President Carter’s welcome home to Naval Station Norfolk, VA of the USS NIMITZ and embarked air group which had spent 144 consecutive days at sea during the Iranian Crisis in 1979-80. He was a partner and president of Barnhart Hamilton Campfield, Inc., an advertising, public relations and marketing firm in Pensacola, FL during 1985 and 1986. Immediately following his retirement from the Navy he was senior vice president, marketing for The Windham Company, a Pensacola real estate development firm. Hamilton retired from Northrop Grumman Corporation in May 2002, where he had been Director of Washington corporate communications and international public relations since March 1986. He was responsible for corporate and product media relations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area as well as internationally. After retiring from Northrop Grumman he moved to Mableton, GA in October 2002. He started his career in 1958 as a reporter and editor for the Des Moines, IA Bureau of the Associated Press. Hamilton was advertising assistant for Amana Refrigeration, Inc. Amana, IA and director, national local advertising for the Trane Company, La Crosse, WI in the early 1960s. Hamilton was active in the community throughout his life. He was a contributing military columnist for The Pensacola News Journal 1982-85 and was a 50+ year member of The Society of Professional Journalists - Sigma Delta Chi. He was a Life Member of the Navy League of the United States, and participated in Navy League Councils in Atlanta, Washington, DC, and Pensacola. Hamilton earned a B.S. in Journalism Education from Drake University, Des Moines, IA in 1958 and an M.S. in International Affairs from George Washington University, Washington, DC. in 1971. He was a graduate of the Command and Staff course at the Naval War College. He was born October 14, 1936 in Des Moines, Iowa and is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara Dahl Hamilton; a son John G. Hamilton and wife Cheri, Franklin, TN; a daughter Susan Hamilton, Hamilton, OH; three grandchildren, Jack Hamilton, Lane Hamilton, and Davis Mansfield; his brother LTCOL James D. Hamilton, USA (Ret), Washington, DC; and step-brother, William Plander, Minneapolis, MN. A son, David Wallace Hamilton, died in January 1975. Services and burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a date in the future. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in his memory to the US Navy Memorial in Washington, DC (www.navymemorial.org).
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