John William Hill
PVT in 603rd Engineer Camouflage Bn : Co C
Born 1906 in PA, Died 1975
County of residence at enlistment: Washington County, PA
Other residence(s): Pittsburgh, PA
United States Army, did not accompany the unit to Europe
Occupation before the war: commercial artists
College education before the war: 3 years
John Hill was born on March 28, 1906 in Charleroi, PA, an only child. His father, who was Canadian by birth, was a traveling salesman for Armour meats. The 1910 census says that John was adopted; it's not known who his birth parents were.
He registered for the draft on October 15, 1940, at which time he was working at PDL Advertising Displays in Pittsburgh. He registered for the draft on April 22, 1942, stating that he had three years of college and was working as a commercial artist. He was assigned to the 603rd Engineer Camouflage Battalion.
He was discharged from the Army at Fort Meade on October 14, 1943 for unknown reasons, so did not go to Europe with the unit. Presumably he went back to Pittsburgh, where he was living and working in 1950. Nothing else is known of his life or career.
He died on January 19, 1975 and is buried at Maple Creek Cemetery in his birthplace, Charleroi, PA.
1940 draft card
1942 enlistment record
1950 Pennsylvania Veterans US Compensation File
1975 Find a Grave record
1975 Pennsylvania US Veterans Burial Card (confirms he was in 603rd HQ & Service Co.)