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Admiral Harry W. Hill, USN (Retired), (1890-1971)

Harry Wilbur Hill was born on 7 April 1890 in Oakland, California. Appointed from that same state to the U.S. Naval Academy, he graduated in June 1911 and reported for midshipman duty on board USS Maryland, then transferred to USS Iris. In March 1912, he was commissioned an Ensign and reported to USS Barry. Three years later, he was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade and was assigned to USS Albany. During World War I, he reported to USS Texas. In June 1917, he was temporarily promoted to Lieutenant and to Lieutenant Commander a year later. For the remainder of the war, he served on board USS Wyoming. In 1919, he was assigned as the Navigator on board USS Arkansas. After serving as Aide to Commander, Division Seven, Atlantic Fleet and to Commander, Division Six, Pacific Fleet, he became the Aide to the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C. In December 1921, he was permanently promoted to Lieutenant Commander.

In the fall of 1923, Hill reported to help fit out and commission USS Concord, then served as her Gunnery Officer before transferring to USS Memphis. In June 1926, he became the Executive Officer of the Receiving Barracks at Hampton Roads, Virginia. In July 1928, he returned to sea on board USS Maryland, where he was promoted to Commander in June 1931. Following his promotion, he received orders to become a Battalion Officer at the U.S. Naval Academy. In June 1933, he was assigned as the Gunnery Officer to the staff of Commander, Battle Force, U.S. Fleet, which was followed by a tour to help out fit and commission the destroyer Dewey. In July 1935, he reported to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and would serve at this location until the United States' entry into World War II. During this time, he attended the Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island and had a tour at Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet.

In January 1942, Hill assumed command of USS Wichita. Promoted to Rear Admiral in the fall of 1942, he became Commander, Battleship Division Four and returned to USS Maryland, the flagship of the division. In September 1943, he was assigned as Commander, Amphibious Group Two, Fifth Amphibious Force, participating in the Tarawa, Gilbert, Marshall, and the Mariana Islands Campaigns. In February-March 1945, he participated in the Battle for Iwo Jima. In April 1945, he was promoted to Vice Admiral and participated in Okinawa Invasion and the occupation of mainland Japan following the Surrender of Japan. Following the war, he became the Commandant of the Army-Navy Staff College at Washington, D.C., then became the head of the National War College the next year. Remaining in the area, he became the Chairman of the General Board at the Navy Department in September 1949. The following spring, he became the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy. In May 1952, he retired from the Navy and was promoted to Admiral on the retired list. Harry W. Hill died on 19 July 1971 and is buried in the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery, Annapolis, Maryland.

USS Harry W. Hill (DD-986), 1978-1998, was named in honor of Admiral Harry W. Hill.

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Photo #: 80-G-704781

Rear Admiral Harry W. Hill, USN


Undated photograph, circa 1942.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives

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Photo #: 38-MCN-251-1

Rear Admiral Harry W. Hill, USN


Undated photograph, circa 1942-1945. Rear Admiral Hill graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1911. He later served as the Superintendent of the Naval Academy from 28 April 1950 to 4 August 1952.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection

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Photo #: NH 104717

Vice Admiral Harry W. Hill, USN


Photograph taken while Vice Admiral Hill was Chairman of the General Board, Navy Department, 1949-1950.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 104730

Rear Admiral Harry W. Hill, USN


Undated photograph shows the Rear Admiral at sea, circa 1942-1945.

Collection of Admiral Harry W. Hill, USN.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 104729

Rear Admiral Harry W. Hill, USN


Rear Admiral Hill is pictured with a Japanese Flag taken at Eniwetok Island, circa February 1944.

Collection of Admiral Harry W. Hill, USN.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 104715

Rear Admiral Harry W. Hill, USN


Rear Admiral Hill after being awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN. He received the award for his leadership in the operations at Tarawa, Eniwetok, Apanama, and Majuro Atolls from 19 September 1943 to 12 March 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, "All Hands" collection, Naval History and Heritage Command

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Photo #: NH 104723

Rear Admiral Harry W. Hill, USN


Undated photograph taken while at sea.

Collection of Admiral Harry W. Hill, USN.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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