Bill, David Spencer, Jr., CAPT

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Last Primary NEC
113X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Special Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1965-1969, COMPHIBRON 8, Commander Amphibious Group Two (COMPHIBGRU 2)
Service Years
1939 - 1969
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Cold War
Iwo Jima
Order of the Rock
Panama Canal
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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
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 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

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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:

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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  1939-1942, USS Lexington (CV-2)


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USS Lexington (CV-2)
Hull number CV-2

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Last Updated: Feb 16, 2016
Memories For This Unit

Chain of Command
The USS Lexington, Gunnery Division Officer, was his first duty assignment upon graduation from the Academy in June 1939.

Other Memories
Then to Anti-Submarine Warfare School, Miami, FL, where he spent three months learning ASW. LTjg Bill was assigned commander of PC-583 (approximately a 200? patrol craft) which ran with the smaller sub chaser, SC, slightly more than 100? long; together these vessels gave yeoman service. He served as Commanding Officer for one year. LT BILL then commissioned and took command of USS O'Neill DE-188.

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Ault, William Bowen, CDR, (1917-1942) OFF 131X Commander
Buckmaster, Elliot, VADM, (1908-1944) Commander
Dudley, James, RDML, (1917-1953) Commander
Fairlamb, George Richardson, CAPT, (1917-1947) OFF Commander
Robbins, Thomas Hinckley, RADM, (1919-1962) OFF Commander
STROOP, Paul David, VADM, (1926-1965) Commander
Felt, Harry Donald, ADM, (1923-1964) Lieutenant Commander
SMITH, Donald, CAPT, (1921-1951) Lieutenant Commander
Stump, Felix, ADM, (1917-1958) OFF 132X Lieutenant Commander
Allen, Edward Henry, LT, (1931-1942) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Cousins, Ralph, ADM, (1937-1975) Lieutenant
Crommelin, Charles Laurence, CDR, (1931-1945) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Edwards, Thomas Elbert, LT, (1937-1943) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Flatley, Jr., James Henry, VADM, (1929-1958) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Gayler, Noel, ADM, (1935-1976) Lieutenant
O'Hare, Edward Henry, LCDR, (1933-1943) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Baker, Paul Gerald, LTJG, (1929-1942) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Bass, Harry Brinkley, LCDR, (1938-1944) OFF 000X Lieutenant Junior Grade
HALL, William Edward, LCDR, (1938-1946) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Hodapp, John, CDR, (1936-1960) OFF 000X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Mott, Charles, CAPT, (1937-1963) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Smith, Joseph, CAPT OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Thornhill, Leonard, LTJG, (1941-1942) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Aurand, Evan Peter, VADM, (1938-1972) OFF Ensign
Howard, James, ENS, (1937-1941) Ensign
Mazza, Harold Ralph, CDR, (1939-1950) OFF 131X Ensign
McCusky, Elbert Scott, CAPT, (1938-1965) OFF 131X Ensign
Neely, Richard, ENS, (1941-1942) OFF 131X Ensign
Sellstrom, Edward Robert, ENS, (1941-1942) OFF 131X Ensign
SWANSON, Leroy, RADM, (1937-1976) OFF 139X Ensign
Van Antwerp, Lloyd, RADM, (1936-1966) OFF 630X Ensign
Wakeham, J Donald, LTJG, (1940-1942) OFF Ensign
Reid, Beverly William, ENS, (1935-1942) CWO CWO Chief Machinist (CWO)
Barnes, Doyle Clayton, ENS, (1933-1942) OFF 734X Warrant Officer
Henderson, Raymon, CPO, (1941-1961) AD AD-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Harmon, Robert, CWO2, (1925-1945) Petty Officer First Class
Olsen, Vernon, PO1, (1941-1946) Petty Officer First Class
Norman, Leslie Purnell, PO1, (1935-1956) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Phares, Don, PO1, (1933-1955) MU MU-3805 Petty Officer Second Class
Waggoner, James Stanley, CPO, (1935-1945) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Beaudette, Lloyd Wilson, CPO, (1934-1943) QM QM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Blackford, Ralph, CPO, (1940-1960) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Huntington, Robert Kingsbury, PO3, (1941-1942) ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Tordoff, Arnold, PO3, (1941-1946) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Webster, Raymond E., PO2, (1935-1942) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Burgdorf, Thomas Joseph, CPO, (1941-1961) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Kohler, EJ "Chuck", PO1, (1941-1947) AM AM-0000 Airman
Addy, Keith, CPO, (1941-1961) Seaman Second Class
Jeck, Frederick Charles, PO3, (1941-1942) RM RM-0000 Seaman Second Class
Laakmann, Henry Fredrick, PO2, (1939-1943) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Nichols, Russell B., CPO, (1938-1957) MM MM-0000 Seaman Second Class
Lamb, Sr., Donald, CPO, (1941-1958) Seaman Apprentice
Banzuelo, Antonio, MCPO, (1930-1960) OS OS-0000 Mess Attendant 2nd Class
Addy, Keith, CPO, (1941-1961) Hospital Apprentice 2nd Class
Todhunter, Kenneth L., PO3, (1942-1946) SC SC-0000 Hospital Apprentice 2nd Class

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