Major General P.T. Hill,'14

                                                Major General P.T. Hill
                                                WMA Class of 1914
When William P.T. Hill left his hometown of Vinita, Oklahoma for Alton, Il in 1911 no one could have anticipate the kind of journey upon which he was embarking. His record at Western Military Academy included being a top student and  the star of the school football team. After graduating from WMA in 1914 Hill continued his education at the University of Oklahoma. Following college, he entered active duty as a second Lt. in the Marine Corps.

Hill enrolled in flight school and by 1918 he had become one of the first Marine aviators in the Corps storied history. He flew seaplanes in the Azores, served on the Naval Alaskan Coal Commission as a geologist surveying Alaskan Coal fields and as a Captain was assigned to the American Legation in Peking, China. From that post, Hill participated in Roy Chapman Andrews  (the  real Indiana Jones) expedition into the Gobi Desert as expedition topographer. His Marine Corp duties later took Hill to Haiti and with the onset of WW II, back to the US as Camp Commander of Camp Lejeune. By early 1944 he was made the Quartermaster General of the Marine Corps, a position he held until he retired in 1955.
During his career in the Marines General Hill had served in aviation, engineering, artillery, infantry and supply. His numerous awards including the Distinguished Service Medal and he is listed in the “Who’s Who” of the Marine Corps. His citation refers to him as “one of the outstanding Supply Officers and Fiscal Directors’ in the U.S. Government.”

In 1964 General Hill returned to Western and gave the commencement address. He told the seniors, “Western Military Academy is known throughout the educational and military world for its high standards. Congratulations.”

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