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Capt. Hamilton Coolidge, USA

Birthdate: (23)
Birthplace: Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: October 27, 1918 (23)
Chevieres Dept., Ardennes Meuse - Argonne Sector, France (KIA by Anti-aircraft fire with 94th Aero Squadron)
Place of Burial: Champagné, Sarthe, Pays de la Loire, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Randolph Coolidge, Jr. and Mary Hamilton Coolidge
Brother of Joseph Randolph Coolidge, VII; Julia Gardner Richards; Mary Eliza Coolidge; John Gardner Coolidge; Eleanor Randolph Works and 2 others

Occupation: pilot
Managed by: Jeffrey Edwards Cohen
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About Capt. Hamilton Coolidge, USA

Hamilton Coolidge was an American pursuit pilot, flying ace in World War I, and recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross.

Coolidge was the great-great-great grandson of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson and the best friend of Quentin Roosevelt, the youngest son of President Theodore Roosevelt. Ham Coolidge and Quentin Roosevelt attended Groton School together, attended Harvard together, and served together in the U.S. Army Air Service First Pursuit Group in France. They were killed in action within a few months of each other in 1918.

Coolidge dropped out of Harvard College during his sophomore year to join the U.S. Army Air Service. He was one of ten Harvard undergraduates accepted from a field of forty applicants for training at the Curtiss Flying School in Buffalo, New York in July 1916.

A private with the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps, stationed in Miami, Florida when the United States entered the war, Coolidge was sent to the School of Military Aeronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on June 5, 1917. He embarked for France on July 23, 1917 and was commissioned first lieutenant on September 29, 1917. After serving as a test pilot at Issoudun, he was assigned to the 94th Aero Squadron, commanded by Eddie Rickenbacker, on June 16, 1918. He was promoted to captain on October 3, 1918.

On October 27, 1918, he was killed in action, his SPAD S.XIII taking a direct hit from a German anti-aircraft shell near Grandpré, Ardennes. He had eight confirmed "kills" when he was shot down. Like Quentin Roosevelt, he was posthumously awarded an A.B. {War Degree}, Harvard Class of 1919.

As the son of Joseph Randolph Coolidge III, who was descended from Martha Jefferson Randolph (daughter of the president), Hamilton Coolidge was the great-great-great grandson of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamilton_Coolidge

Hamilton Coolidge (September 1, 1895 – October 27, 1918), was an American pursuit pilot, flying ace in World War I, and recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross.


Coolidge was the great-great-great grandson of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson and the best friend of Quentin Roosevelt, the youngest son of President Theodore Roosevelt. Ham Coolidge and Quentin Roosevelt attended the Groton School together, attended Harvard together, and served together in the U.S. Army Air Service First Pursuit Group in France. They were both killed in action within a few months of each other in 1918.


Coolidge dropped out of Harvard College during his senior year to join the U.S. Army Air Service. He was one of ten Harvard undergraduates accepted from a field of forty applicants for training at the Curtiss Flying School in Buffalo, New York in July 1916.


A private with the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps, stationed in Miami, Florida when the United States entered the war, Coolidge was sent the School of Military Aeronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on June 5, 1917. He embarked for France on July 23, 1917 and was commissioned first lieutenant on September 29, 1917. After serving as a test pilot at Issoudun he was assigned to the 94th Aero Squadron, commanded by Eddie Rickenbacker, on June 16, 1918. He was promoted to captain on October 3, 1918. On October 27, 1918 he was killed in action, his SPAD S.XIII taking a direct hit from a German anti-aircraft shell near Grandpré, Ardennes. He had eight confirmed "kills" when he was shot down. Like Quentin Roosevelt he was posthumously awarded an A.B. {War Degree} Harvard Class of 1919

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Capt. Hamilton Coolidge, USA's Timeline

1895
September 1, 1895
Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
1918
October 27, 1918
Age 23
France
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Champagné, Sarthe, Pays de la Loire, France