George Edward Hill was born in 1930 to Gertrude and David Hill who lived in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Both of his parents were originally from Maryland, but moved to Pennsylvania to start their family. George was one of ten children.
George obtained work at Bill Johnson’s Shoe Shine Parlor just below Mosteller’s Department Store. The Shoe Parlor was a popular shop, not only for shoe shines, but they sold snack food, such as peanuts, and a place for the local news and gossip.
George entered the service in the Army Reserves early in 1949, and received basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. He was called to active duty on September 22, 1949.
George was sent overseas to Korea serving in the 9th Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Infantry Division.
Kaesong, is a very old historic city, then in South Korea. It is in the middle of Korea on the west coast, just above the 38th parallel. It was a key city in the war, but difficult to defend as it is surrounded by mountains. Perhaps because of this, it was the site of several ferocious battles, invoking heavy casualties. The city changed hands several times during the war, and ended in North Korea. It was where the Peace Talks were held.
Private George Edward Hill was Killed In Action on February 28, 1951 in Kaesong, Korea.
George was buried locally and later disinterred to be returned for burial at his home country in February, 1952. A military funeral service was held in West Chester on February 28, 1952. Master Sergeant John J. Ruff served as Military Escort accompanying the remains, and The Nathan Holmes American Legion Post rendered military honors. George was buried at Rolling Green Cemetery Memorial Park, West Chester, PA.