Download This Bill in Microsoft Word format
Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter
Sponsors: Reps. Huggins, McLeod and Quinn
Document Path: l:\council\bills\bbm\10368sj04.doc
Introduced in the House on May 25, 2004
Introduced in the Senate on May 26, 2004
Adopted by the General Assembly on May 26, 2004
Summary: Thomas Hamill
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5/25/2004 House Introduced, adopted, sent to Senate HJ-65 5/26/2004 Senate Introduced, adopted, returned with concurrence SJ-9
View the latest legislative information at the LPITS web site
VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO HONOR AND RECOGNIZE THOMAS HAMILL, GRAND MARSHAL OF THE CHAPIN LABOR DAY PARADE, FOR HIS HEROIC ESCAPE FROM CAPTIVITY IN IRAQ AND TO EXTEND BEST WISHES TO HIM IN ALL OF HIS FUTURE ENDEAVORS.
Whereas, Thomas Hamill, a former Iraq hostage, will be the Grand Marshal of the Chapin Labor Day Festival Parade on Monday, September 6, 2004, and his daring and heroic escape, which captured the nation's attention in April, makes him a fitting leader of this parade; and
Whereas, originally from Macon, Mississippi, Mr. Hamill began working as a truck driver for KBR, a Halliburton subsidiary, last September, and he was in Iraq traveling with a fuel convoy when it was ambushed and he was taken hostage; and
Whereas, Mr. Hamill was one of seven KBR employees reported missing in the attack. Four employees were later found dead and two are still missing; and
Whereas, after three weeks in captivity, Mr. Hamill made a bold and daring escape when he heard the sounds of a military convoy passing by the remote farmhouse where he was being held; and
Whereas, prying open the sheet metal door from the small nondescript building some forty-five miles northwest of Baghdad, Mr. Hamill ran half a mile to catch up to the United States patrol from the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry, which is part of the New York National Guard, shouting "I'm an American" to the soldiers; and
Whereas, while Mr. Hamill received a wound to his forearm that included some muscle and skin damage and loss of bone, he is expected to make a full recovery and has since been reunited with his family in Macon, Mississippi; and
Whereas, with his uncle, Jerry Hamill, a member and past commander of Chapin American Legion Post 193, Thomas Hamill is surrounding himself with friends and family, thanking God that he made it through such a harrowing ordeal and was returned to his loved ones safely; and
Whereas, in addition to Mr. Hamill's commitment to his family and hard work, he also made community service a priority as a volunteer fireman, and he was named Fireman of the Year; and
Whereas, Thomas Hamill faced a life-threatening danger in Iraq and his triumphant escape from captivity only highlights the tremendous amount of bravery and courage he possesses, and the citizens of South Carolina gladly welcome him to our State. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, by this resolution, honor and recognize Thomas Hamill, Grand Marshal of the Chapin Labor Day Parade, for his heroic escape from captivity in Iraq and extend best wishes to him in all of his future endeavors.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Thomas Hamill of Macon, Mississippi.
This web page was last updated on Monday, December 7, 2009 at 10:43 A.M.