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Hill, Harry Wilbur (1890-1971)


Photograph of Admiral Harry W. Hill
Naval Historical Center #NH 92016
Cropped by author

Harry Hill was a gunnery expert and planner who commanded amphibious support forces under Spruance during the Central Pacific offensive.  He commanded Southern Force at Tarawa during the Gilberts campaign and the invasions of Majuro, Eniwetok, and Tinian.

Morison describes Hill as an optimistic and friendly officer who seemed much younger than his years. Tuohy (2007) says he "combined gallantry, determination, expertise, and good cheer in equal measure." Turner got along well with him and trusted him.

The claim that Hill boasted that his preinvasion bombardment would obliterate Tarawa may be a fabrication.

Service record

1890-4-7     

Born at Oakland
1911-6

Graduates from Naval Academy. Assigned to BB Maryland
1917-1

BB Texas
1918-9

BB Wyoming
1918-11-23     

Arkansas
1919-1
Lieutenant     
Flag lieutenant, Division 7
1919-7

Flag lieutenant, Division 6
1919-11

Aide, Chief of Naval Operations
1923-3
Lieutenant commander     
CL Concord
1925-6

Aide, Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet
1925-9

CL Memphis
1926-6

Executive officer, Receiving Barracks, Hampton Roads
1928-7

Maryland
1033-6

Staff, Battle Force
1934-10-4
Commander
Commander, DD Dewey
1935-6-17

Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
1937

Navy War College
1938-6
Captain
Staff, U.S. Fleet
1940-2

Staff, Chief of Naval Operations
1942-1

Commander, Wichita
1942-9-28
Rear admiral     
Commander, Battleship Division 4 (Maryland and Colorado)
1943-9

Commander, Amphibian Group 2, 5 Amphibious Force
1945-4
Vice admiral Commander, 5 Amphibious Force
1945-11-1

Commandant, Army-Navy Staff College
1946-6

Commandant, National War College
1949-9

Chair, General Board
1950-4-28

Superintendent, Naval Academy
1952-5-1
Admiral
Retires
1952-8

Governer, Naval Home, Philadelphia
1971-7-19

Dies

References

Buell (1987)

Morison (1951)

Naval Historical Center (accessed 2008-2-18)
Tuohy (2007)

U.S.S. Harry W. Hill (accessed 2008-2-18)



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