USS HILL DE 141
Chief Boatswain Edwin J. Hill, USN, (1894-1941)
Edwin Joseph Hill was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 4 October 1894. He enlisted in the Navy in 1912 and later became a warrant officer, rising to the rank of Chief
Boatswain. During the 7 December 1941 Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor, he was serving on board USS Nevada (BB-36). In the midst of the attack, he
led the ship's line handling detail in casting off from the quays alongside Ford Island so that Nevada could get underway. He was killed by enemy bombs while attempting to
drop anchor at the end of the battleship's brief sortie. For his heroism during the Pearl Harbor action, Chief Boatswain Hill was posthumously
awarded the Medal of Honor.
The escort ship USS Hill (DE-141), 1943-1974, was named in honor of Chief Boatswain Hill.
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