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World War II - U.S. Navy

Edwin Joseph Hill

Details
  • Rank: Chief Boatswain
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Nevada
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: December 7, 1941
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory, USA
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 line-handling 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.

Medal of Honor Recipient Edwin J. Hill
Medal of Honor Recipient Edwin J. Hill
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Pennsylvania
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: October 4, 1895, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA, United States
  • Died: December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (Territory)
  • Buried: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) (MH) (A-895), Honolulu, HI, United States
 

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