Bill, David Spencer, Jr., CAPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary Designator/NEC
113X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Special Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1965-1969, COMPHIBGRU 2 (CPG 2)/COMPHIBRON 8
Service Years
1939 - 1969
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Decommissioning
Iwo Jima
Order of the Rock
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
Captain Captain

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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Richmond, VA
Last Address
Alexandria, Virginia

Date of Passing
Nov 29, 2003
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon Blue Star




 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni AssociationNaval Postgraduate School Foundation
  1940, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association - Assoc. Page
  1960, Naval Postgraduate School Foundation


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Captain David Spencer Bill, Jr. USN (Ret.)
former director of amphibious warfare on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations

Born Oct. 22, 1916, in Richmond, Virginia, he descended from John Bill who settled in Boston in the 1620s. Part of his family migrated to Southwest Virginia in 1853 and his ancestors included the founders of Snowville and Spencer, Va. Captain Bill was a 1939 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He attended Ohio State University for one year prior to his appointment to Annapolis where he was captain of the tennis team and excelled academically.  

During his distinguished naval service he held nine commands: three during World War II; an anti submarine patrol craft, PC583, USS O'Neill (DE 188) and USS Hughes (DD410) - serving in the Atlantic on convoy escort duty and Pacific in the battles for the Philippines, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.  

Following World War II, Captain Bill commanded Destroyer Division 1 during the Bikini Tests and was chief of staff to the commander of the Middle East Force from 1953-54, during which time the Bill's family became one of the first U.S. Navy families to live on Bahrain Island in the Persian Gulf, now the site of a major US naval installation and a key ally in the region.  

His subsequent commands at sea included USS Shea (DM 30), Landing Ship Medium Rocket (LSMR) and Landing Ship Tank (LST) Squadrons, USS Francis Marion (APA 249) during the Cuban missile crisis, and Amphibious Squadron Eight based in Little Creek, Va.  

While in the final post of his 30-year naval career, Bill was responsible for the development of the Riverine Force deployed extensively in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam, and for the Amphibious Helicopter Carrier (LHA) program which marked a major advance in amphibious operations for the Navy and Marine Corps.  

Captain Bill retired from the US Navy in 1969.

In 1991, his eldest son, Rear Admiral David Bill III was the Honorary Grand Marshal of Skeston's Veteran's Day Parade 
(Alexandria VA), having served in the first Gulf War as Commanding Officer of the Battleship Wisconsin. 
   
Other Comments:
RIVERINE FORCES VIETNAM
COMPHIBRON EIGHT


In Washington the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Horacio Rivero, Jr., supported the concept of a riverine force and approved a proposal to send a planning group to Saigon to work with the MACV staff. The group was asked to develop a complete plan and to specify the means to support it. Headed by Captain David Bill, U.S. Navy, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and consisting of representatives of the Bureau of Ships, the Marine Corps, and the Amphibious Command, Pacific, the planning group arrived in Vietnam in January of 1966. Together the MACV staff and the Navy group studied in detail the experience of the French and Vietnamese with river assault forces in order to establish a similar American force, but one with greater capabilities. Under the leadership of Captain Welsh and Captain Bill, requirements were drawn up for self-propelled barracks ships (APB's), LST's, large covered lighters (YFNB's), large harbor tugs (YTB's), landing craft repair ships (ARL's), and a mine countermeasures support ship (MCS) ; all were to carry appropriate armament for the area of operations. The LCM-6 would be used instead of the LCM-8, which was in limited supply. 
   
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 Duty Stations
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Lexington (CV-2)School Assignments - StaffSurface Vessels USS No Name
US NavyJoint Forces Staff College/Armed Forces Staff College (Faculty Staff)Commander Amphibious Force, US Seventh FleetIndustrial College of the Armed Forces (Faculty Staff)
CNO - OPNAVUSS Francis Marion (APA/LPA-249)COMPHIBGRU 2 (CPG 2)/COMPHIBRON 8
  1935-1939, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1939-1942, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1942-1942, 117X, Submarine/Anti-Submarine Schools
  1942-1943, 112X, Surface Vessels USS No Name
  1943-1945, 112X, USS O'Neill (DE-188)
  1945-1946, COMDESDEVGRU 1
  1945-1946, 111X, USS Hughes (DD-410)
  1947-1949, 111X, USS Shea (MMD-30)
  1950-1953, 000X, Joint Forces Staff College/Armed Forces Staff College (Faculty Staff)
  1953-1954, 000X, Commander Middle Eastern Force (COMMIDEASTFOR)
  1955-1956, 000X, Commander Amphibious Force, US Seventh Fleet/Commander, Amphibious Support Force
  1957-1958, 000X, Industrial College of the Armed Forces (Faculty Staff)
  1959-1960, 000X, CNO - OPNAV
  1961-1963, 113X, USS Francis Marion (APA/LPA-249)
  1965-1969, COMPHIBGRU 2 (CPG 2)/COMPHIBRON 8
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Convoy Duty / East Bound Atlantic Transit
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1945 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1965-1969 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Ohio State UniversityUnited States Naval AcademyIndustrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
  1934-1935, Ohio State University
  1935-1939, United States Naval Academy
  1958-1960, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Nov 29, 2003, Obituary: David Bill, Jr. 1
  Jul 24, 2013, General Photos
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