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



I was inducted into the Army September 11, 1944 in Indianapolis, Indiana just after turning eighteen. My basic training was at Camp Blanding Florida. I was at Fort Ord in California, Fort Lawton, Washington and from there I shipped to Oahu, Hawaii and to Saipan in the Marianas before going to Okinawa.

I served on Okinawa with the 96th Division of the US Army, as a replacement, at the beginning of May of 1945 a month after the historic invasion of April 1st. I was there till August of 1945, leaving when a typhonn hit the island.

I was on the way to Mindoro when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.

When the 96th Division went home, I was transfered to the 86th Division on Luzon.

Then I was transferred to AFWESPAC headquarters where I was on the staff of the newspaper, the Daily Pacifican.

I left the Philipines and returned home October of 1946 via Cape Mears troop ship. I was discharged in December of 1946 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. (2years 2 months 22 days)


To learn more about Hill's Military Experiences just click the image to read this pdf file : "Blue Star in the Window."


Mortar Squad 2R

In back Ken Morgan, Dutch DeHann, Jones, GI Moss and Don Johnson.
In front Slats Johnson, Whitey Sergeant, Barney Avery and Bill Hill

With my buddy Ken Morgan on Mendora
In Manila
On a Water Buffalo
With an Army Jeep

Camp Blanding Florida 1944 - Click for Larger image



18 years old and in the US Army.


During the final months of his Army service, Hill wrote for the Daily Pacifican, a job he enjoyed.