Cape May in Cape May County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Edwin Joseph Hill, CMH
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. A significant historical date for this entry is March 1, 1840.
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 walking distance of this marker. Our Lady Star of the Sea Church (a few steps from this marker); S. S. Cape May (within shouting distance of this marker); Edgar Arthur Draper (within shouting distance of this marker); City of Cape May (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cape May Meeting of the Joint Commission on Unity Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lt. Richard Wickes (about 500 feet away); The Space Shuttle Tree (about 600 feet away); Henry Washington Sawyer (about 800 feet 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 680 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 12, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.