William Richard Hill, Deadeye
M Co/382rgt/96th Infantry Division U.S. Army

Written Narratives

"Blue Star in the Window"
"Angels in the Mists"

A Memoir of the Army Service
of William R Hill in WWII

Opinion: Army vs Marines

For my Granddaughters


"The Trip Back to Okinawa"

My Years at Allisons
"On Being Fully Human"

"Our Golden Years"

"Borrowed Deadeye"
"A Story of Trees"

wQueen of Battle

Article and Webpage by William R Hill


About "Always a Deadeye"


The seeds of “Always a Deadeye” were actually sown in the year 2000. This was when my son Paul and I took a tour back to the old battlegrounds of Okinawa. As we shared our combat stories, a warm realization swept over me: these men were my new buddies, and we were all Deadeyes. After returning home, and a little later on, I put these feelings of camaraderie and sacrifice into this poem. I fussed over the words and meter and when it was finished I passed it on to other members of the tour. Jim Causey read it at the following 96th Division Reunion. I was of course delighted with the acceptance.

I have an illustrated copy available for you to see or to print on this site. To have a decorated copy of this poem, just click on the small decorated copy below for a PDF file to copy to your desktop and print.


"I was honored at the 2006 Deadeye Reunion in Denver, Colorado, when I was asked to stand as Always a Deadeye was read during the memorial service."