Model for Rockwell Boy Scout painting dies at 82

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The man who modeled for one of artist Norman Rockwell’s iconic Boy Scout paintings during World War II, has died. He was 82.

Bob Hamilton died July 28 of complications from Alzheimer’s, according to his family.

Hamilton grew up in Albany, New York and posed for the painting in Arlington.

He is shown as a solemn-faced teenager giving the Boy Scout salute in Rockwell’s 1944 painting, titled "We, Too, Have a Job To Do," which urged collecting cans and rubber, volunteering and raising victory gardens during World War II.

He became an Eagle Scout at age 15, and scouting later became his career. After serving in the Navy and graduating with an accounting degree from the University of Maryland, he worked for the Boy Scouts of America as a fundraiser until he retired in 1989.

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