Bill, David Spencer, Jr., CAPT

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113X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Special Warfare
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Line Officer
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1939 - 1969
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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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US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

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

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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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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. 
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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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Anti-Submarine School, Miami FL

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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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Submarine/Anti-Submarine Schools

DRAPER, William, LCDR, (1942-1945) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Machinist Mate (Submarine) A School

Harder, Dan MM MM-9348 Other Service Rank
Naval Submarine School, Groton, CT

Banister, Alan Boyd, RADM, (1928-1958) OFF 112X Lieutenant Commander
Kincaid, Morris Keith, PO1, (1938-1944) SM SM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Submarine Chaser School

Abel, Brent Maxwell, CAPT, (1936-1960) OFF 116X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Ferrone, Samuel C., PO1, (1941-1945) SN SN-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Lesueur, Adolphe, PO3, (1942-1945) F2c F2c-0000 Fireman 2nd Class
Submarine Command Course

Porter Jr, George Egbert, RADM, (1932-1962) OFF 117X Lieutenant Commander
Submarine Prospective Commanding Officer

Hogan, Thomas Wesley, CAPT, (1931-1961) Lieutenant Commander
Submarine School (diesel)

Coulter, Frank, CAPT, (1939-1969) OFF 000X Lieutenant
Reed, John Ward, CAPT, (1932-1962) OFF 000X Ensign
Videkovich, William, PO2, (1942-1945) 00 Fireman 1st Class
Submarine School Enlisted Basic

Lucas, Joseph Benjamin, PO2, (1939-1943) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Macy, Marvin Russell, PO2, (1938-1943) RM RM-2333 Petty Officer Second Class
Kirchgessner, Edwin Pete, CPO, (1939-1958) TM TM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Smith, John, PO2, (1942-1946) SN SN-0000 Seaman 1st Class
DAVIS, CHARLES, CPO, (1942-1961) TM TM-0000 Seaman
Carter, Arthur L., WO, (1936-1964) Petty Officer Second Class
Jordan, Jimmye, SCPO, (1988-2010) Petty Officer Third Class
McKinney, Everett George, PO3, (1942-1945) Seaman Second Class
Submarine School Officers Basic

Zullinger, John, CAPT, (1935-1969) OFF 621X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lynch Jr, Frank Curtis, CAPT, (1938-1954) Lieutenant
Fischer, Harry Frederick, CAPT, (1935-1970) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Hemley, Eugene Adams, CAPT, (1940-1970) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Laning, Richard, CAPT, (1940-1963) Lieutenant Junior Grade
MacCRACKEN, Dr. Wm., CDR, (1941-1946) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Anderson, William, CAPT, (1942-1962) Ensign
Calvert, James Francis, VADM, (1942-1973) Ensign
HEYWORTH, Lawrence, RADM, (1942-1973) Ensign
Maxson, Willis E, LTJG, (1942-1943) Ensign
Wyse Jr., Frederick Calhoun, CAPT, (1935-1966) Ensign

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