William M. Hill, WW II Compatriot honored – Grove City
The Hocking Valley Chapter color guard honored compatriot William Malcolm Hill at his graveside service on Saturday, July 9th. William, 93, passed away on June 2nd, from complications of prostate cancer. William served in General George Patton’s Third Army, Fifth Division, Second Infantry Regiment during World War Two, and saw much combat as a rifleman, Private First Class, in the European Theater.
William earned the Combat Infantry Badge and five battle stars which included Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland, Central Europe, and the Ardennes. He received the Bronze Star and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received at the battle of Metz, France in September, 1944. In 2014, the French government awarded him the Legion of Honor medal for his war service.
William was married to Sally Legayada Carbon, of the Philippines, for 54 years until she passed away in March, 2005. Sally was a survivor of the brutal three year Japanese occupation of Manila during World War Two. Their son, “Bob” William Robert Hill is the Hocking Valley Chapter treasurer / historian.
William was born in Columbus on March 4th, 1923, the son of World War One veteran Clifford Malcolm Hill and Maude Augusta Warsmith. He is descended from patriot George Hill of Maryland who served as a dragoon in Lee’s Legion under the command of Light Horse Harry Lee.
It was a beautiful day, and the ceremony included the Hocking Valley Chapter color guard to present the colors, active duty army personnel who folded the flag and played taps, an American Legion honor guard that fired three volleys, and a bagpiper. A pastor gave prayer and words of reflection, and son Bob read the eulogy he wrote, ending in tribute to all the American veterans of World War Two: “ May our country always hold their memory in the highest regard and honor. May their courage and sacrifice that freed millions from tyranny around the world be an inspiration to our better human nature. May they find rest in God’s love and mercy.”
Photo Top: At the service, William’s urn sits next to his war medals and photos.
Photo Bottom: The Hocking Valley Chapter Color Guard, L to R: Bob Davis (Commanding), Jeff Walt, Chuck Bundy, David Nessley, Don Miller, John Dye, Paul Irwin, Bill Lyman, Steve Frash. Not Shown: Keith Kaufman (taking photo).