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“He embodied that whole boy scout motto … “

From The Daily Times in Farmington, New Mexico.


imageWorld War II icon dies at 82: Rockwell model inspired scouts to aid country,  community

By James Monteleone The Daily Times

08/04/2008 12:00:00 AM MDT

AZTEC — Boy Scouts of America lost its poster face last week when Arthur Robert Hamilton died in Aztec at the age of 82.

Bob Hamilton was best known for his iconic image as the saluting scout in Norman Rockwell‘s 1944 painting, "We, too, have a job to do," which rallied Boy Scouts to collect cans and rubber, volunteer in the community and raise victory gardens for food during World War II.

But Hamilton, who died July 28, was more than a teen in the right place at the right time when Rockwell put his brush in the paint for the World War II-era image: Hamilton was a life-long scout, family members said.

"He was very much defined by being a Boy Scout," said Alison H. H. King, Hamilton’s daughter. "I think he influenced us to be all individuals, do the right thing, go above and beyond, make the right choices and life will pay you back."

For the rest of the tribute, go to The Daily Times of Farmington, New Mexico.

For more of Rockwell’s Scouts, link here.

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