He leaves behind two children, Joseph Hamel of Texas and Alicia Hamel Hart of Palm Bay, Fl., a sister, Joyce Hamel Richardson of Hohenwald and long time companion, Pam West of Palm Bay, Fl., seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
He was a retired Master Sgt. with the United States Army after 20 years of service. He did two tours in Vietnam where he received numerous medals including a purple heart and silver star to name two. He was credited with saving 3 Vietnam soldiers from a burning tank, pulling them one by one to safety all while he was wounded himself.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, Albert and Jacqueline Hamel and a son, David Hamel.
His remains will be cremated and spread in the Florida waters with his son.