Cape May in Cape May County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Edwin Joseph Hill, CMH
1895 – 1941
— World War II Hero —
Born Philadelphia, October 4, 1895, enlisted U.S. Navy 1912, served World War I U.S.S. Melville; later on U.S.S. Saratoga, Yorktown, Reina, Mercedes, New Mexico and Pennsylvania. Instructor in seamanship U.S. Naval Academy 1922-24. Established legal residence Cape May 1925. Commissioned Chief Boatswain 1926. Attached U.S.S. Nevada 1940. During height of bombing at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, made his way ashore and cut all lines enabling Nevada to escape to safety. Swam, wounded, back aboard and later was killed during strafing. Outstanding honors awarded him were: Congressional Medal of Honor, March 1, 1942. Camp Hill, Idaho, named April 12, 1942. Destroyer, U.S.S. Hill, launched Orange, Texas, Feb. 28, 1943.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients series list.
Location. 38° 55.998′ N, 74° 55.326′ W. Marker is in Cape May, New Jersey, in Cape May County. Marker can be reached from Washington Street, on the right when travelingTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cape May NJ 08204, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. S. S. Cape May (within shouting distance of this marker); Edgar Arthur Draper (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. Richard Wickes (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Henry Washington Sawyer (about 800 feet away); Cape May County Fishermans Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Bunker Story (approx. 1.8 miles away); Bats on the Move (approx. 1.9 miles away); Ridges, Rivers and Coastlines (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape May.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 12, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 592 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 12, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.