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CMOHS.org - Chief Boatswain HILL, EDWIN JOSEPH, U.S. Navy

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HILL, EDWIN JOSEPH

Rank: Chief Boatswain
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 4 October 1894, Philadelphia, Pa.
Departed: Yes
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Accredited To: Pennsylvania
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Citation

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, by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. During the height of the strafing and bombing, Chief Boatswain Hill led his men of the linehandling details of the U.S.S. Nevada 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.