The Hamner Brothers of Long Lake

Edward Hamner Killed While on Patrol Duty

Hamilton County Record, 19 Feb 1942

Indian Lake

Long Lake Boy is First Casualty From This Area

Mrs. Douglas Fish of Indian Lake received a telegram from the War Department on February 13, stating that her brother, Edward Hamner, age 20, had been killed in a plane crash, at sea, off Quonset Point, R. I., while on patrol duty.

Edward and alumnus of Long Lake High school has been in the Navy for two years, during which time he trained first at Newport and later at the Pensacola naval Training school in Florida. After his training course was completed he was stationed on the aircraft carriers Range and Texas, but at the time of his death was stationed at Quonset Point Naval Air Station in Rhode Island.

Son of the late Delia Hamner and Edward Hamner, Sr., of Long Lake he is survived by his father; three sisters, Mrs. Douglas Fish of Indian Lake, Mrs. George Bates of Port Kent ad Mrs. William Murphy of Hoosick Falls; one brother, Timothy Hamner of Long Lake and nine neices and nephews.

Tim Hamner Killed in Action

Hamilton County Record, 24 May 1945

Indian Lake

Tragedy has again visited at the home of Mrs. Douglas Fish with the message received Sunday that her brother, Tim Hamner, had been killed in action in the Pacific, and buried at sea. This is the last of her two brothers both having been killed since Pearl Harbor. The older brother, Edward Hamner, was killed in February of 1942. Surviving are his father E. Hamner of Long Lake and Albany; three sisters, Mrs. William Murphy of Hoosick Falls, Mrs. George Bates of Troy and Mrs. Fish, also five neices and nephews.

Combat Connected Naval Casualties of World War II

vol 2, 1946

Hamner, Timothy Reardon, Machinist's Mate 1c, USNR. Parents, mr. and Mrs. Edward Earl Hamner, Long Lake
Hamner, Edward Earl, Aviation Machinist's Mate 3c, USN. Father, Mr. Edward Earl Hamner, Long Lake

further notes:

Tim's official date of death is 4 May 1945 as he was missing in action.
He is listed on a plaque for the missing in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Tim and Edward both have gravestones in Long Lake cemetery.
The only other son of Delia and Edward Hamner (brother to Tim and Edward) died in infancy in 1923.
WWII Civilian Draft Registration lists their father, Edward Earl Hamner, as having been born on 13 Jun 1886 in Spring Hill, Wyoning, residing in Long Lake, Hamilton county, NY and working as a carpenter and driller.


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