Raymond James Hill

Raymond James Hill, Jr.







Raymond James Hill, Jr.



Raymond James Hill, Jr. served honorably in the US Navy Armed Guard and later on a Destroyer and in the Amphibs Forces. James was born 16 September 1924. He served on the merchant ship SS Pennsylvanian as a member of the Navy Gun Crew. He was them assigned to the Destroyer USS Blue (DD-744) and later went into the Amphibs. James passed away 22 January 1996 and this information was provided by his son, Raymond D. Hill. Raymond James Hill, Jr. always performed his duties and was well liked and respected by his fellow crew members.








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DD-744

Blue II

dp. 2200; l. 376' 6"; b. 40' 10"; dr. 19'; s. 24 k.; cpl. 345; a. 6 5", 10
21' tt.; cl. ALLEN M. SUMNER

The second BLUE (DD-744) was launched 28 November 1943 by Bethlehem Steel
Co., Staten Island, N.Y.; co-sponsored by Mrs. J. S. Blue and Miss Eleanor
Stuart Blue, widow and daughter, respectively, of Lieutenant Commander Blue;
and commissioned 20 march 1944, Commander L. Ensey in command.

BLUE reported to the Pacific Fleet in July 1944 and joined TF 58 at Eniwetok
Atoll, Marshall Islands. While screening the fast carrier task forces, BLUE
took part in the Volcanos-Bonin-Yap raid-(31 August-9 September); capture of
the southern Palaus (6 September-14 October); Philippine Islands raids (9-24
September); Luzon raids (5-6, 13-14 and 18 November and 14-16 December);
Formosa raids (3-4, 9, and 15 January 1945); Luzon raids (6-7 January);
China coast raids (12-16 January); Honshu and the Nansei Shoto raids (15-26
February and 1 March); Iwo Jima assault (15 February-4 March); and conquest
of Okinawa (17 March-6 June). BLUE was damaged by the 5 June typhoon off
Okinawa and retired to Leyte for repairs. Her repairs were completed in time
for the destroyer to join the 3rd Fleet for its attacks against the Japanese
home islands (10 July-15 August).

On 27 August BLUE captured the 5223-ton submarine I-400 off the coast of
Honshu and brought her into port. She steamed into Tokyo Bay 2 September and
remained at anchor at Yokosuka Naval Base for two weeks. She then steamed to
San Francisco arriving 5 October 1945 and shortly thereafter sailed to Puget
Sound Navy Yard for complete overhaul.

BLUE completed her overhaul in January 1946 and was assigned to Destroyer
Division 92, 7th Fleet. On 10 February she departed the west coast for
Asiatic waters, via Pearl Harbor, Guam, and the Philippines, and arrived on
the China coast 13 May. During the remainder of the year she cruised in the
Yellow Sea, Philippine waters, and around the Marianas Islands engaged in
tactical and hunter-killer anti-submarine warfare exercises and performed
patrol duty. She returned to the United States early in 1947 and on 14
February was place out of commission in reserve at San Diego.

On 14 May 1949 BLUE was recommissioned and assigned to Destroyer Division
72, Pacific Fleet. After undergoing overhaul at San Francisco Naval Shipyard
between June and September, she returned to Pacific Reserve Fleet and was
decommissioned at San Diego 12 December 1949.

BLUE was again placed in commission 15 September 1950 and reported to
Destroyer Division 131, Pacific Fleet. After engaging in training exercises
off the coast of California, she departed San Diego early in 1951 and
arrived at Yokosuka, Japan, 23 January. She operated in Korean and Japanese
waters until August. During this period she steamed with TF 77 off the east
coast of Korea, carrying out screening, life guard, and fire support duties.
Late in 1951 BLUE proceeded to the United States for a general overhaul at
San Francisco Naval Shipyard. She returned to the combat area in April 1952
and resumed operations with TF 77 off the coast of Korea. During
September-October, with TG 95.20 and TF 76, she performed patrol duty and
provided gunfire support during salvage operations.

Returning to the United States in November 1952, she underwent overhaul and
engaged in scheduled exercises off the coast of California until June 1953.
On 13 June she departed Long Beach, Calif., and arrived at Yokosuka 7 July.
On the 17th she resumed screening operations with TF 77 off the east coast
of Japan with TG 96.7 and patrolled off Formosa until 19 October when she
returned to Korea. She returned to the west coast in December 1953.

Since that time BLUE has carried out the normal operating routine of the
Pacific Fleet destroyers. She had conducted several tours of the Far East
and during the intervals between these cruises has conducted local
operations and type training along the west coast.

BLUE received six battle stars for her World War II service and six battle
stars for her service off Korea.


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