Hill, Edwin Joseph, C.B.

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Last Rank
Chief Boatswain (CWO)
Last Primary NEC
CWO-Chief Warrant Officer - Boatswain
Last Rating/NEC Group
Chief Warrant Officer
Primary Unit
1940-1941, CWO, USS Nevada (BB-36)
Service Years
1912 - 1941
Chief Boatswain (CWO)
Chief Boatswain (CWO)

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Philadelphia, PA
Last Address
Long Beach, CA

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
World War II
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
A 895

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Last Known Activity

During the December 7, 1941 Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor, he was serving on board the USS Nevada. In the midst of the attack, he led the ship's line handling detail in casting off from the quays alongside Ford Island so the Nevada could get underway. While attempting to drop anchor at the end of the battleship's brief sortie he was blown overboard and killed by enemy bombs.

In 1943, the USS Hill (DE-141) was named in his honor.


Medal of Honor

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Chief Boatswain Edwin Joseph Hill, United States Navy, for distinguished conduct in the line of his profession, extraordinary courage, and disregard of his own safety during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. During the height of the strafing and bombing, Chief Boatswain Hill led his men of the line-handling details of the U.S.S. Nevada (BB-36) to the quays, cast off the lines and swam back to his ship. Later, while on the forecastle, attempting to let go the anchors, he was blown overboard and killed by the explosion of several bombs.

Action Date: 7-Dec-41
Service: Navy
Rank: Chief Boatswain
Division: U.S.S. Nevada (BB-36)

The information contained in this profile was compiled from various internet sources.

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 Duty Stations
US Navy11th Naval District
  1915-1919, BM-0000, USS Melville (AD-2)
  1939-1940, CWO, 11th Naval District
  1940-1940, CWO, 14th Naval District/COMNAVBASE Pearl Harbor
  1940-1941, CWO, USS Nevada (BB-36)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1914-1915 Mexican Service Campaign (1911-1919)
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1941-1941 World War II
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Feb 06, 1934, WWI Veterans Compensation Application1
  Dec 15, 1941, Chief Boatswain Killed in Attack on Hawaii1
  Aug 11, 2017, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
Pearl Harbor FallenWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial WW II Memorial National Registry
  2017, Pearl Harbor Fallen
  2017, World War II Fallen
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, WW II Memorial National Registry
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