Commissioner John E. Hamilton
John E. Hamilton
was appointed Adjutant General of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 2013.
Prior to that appointment, Hamilton served as Commander-in-Chief of the VFW.
He has been a member of the VFW for some 40 years.
A third-generation U.S. Marine, Hamilton
served in the Corps from 1968-1970 including a tour in Vietnam.
decorations include the Purple Heart (3 awards) and two Gold stars, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation gallantry Cross Color, Republic of Vietnam Unit Citation Civil Actions Color (First Class) and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Hamilton joined the VFW in 1974 at Post 7909 in Jacksonville, Fla. where he maintains his life membership.
He has served the VFW in many leadership positions including the National Council of Administration from 1989-1991, and as State Commander from 1987-1988.
Hamilton graduated with honors from Georgia Military Institute in 1967.
worked as a professional wrestler throughout the United States and the world for 15 years as Johnny Montana, (also known as "Dr.
Death") along with other names and identities.
Hamilton is a member of the Military Order of the Cootie, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, and Marine Corps League.
was appointed to the Commission by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.