It is with deepest sympathy that the California National Guard announces the death of Captain Raymond Hill, age 39, on 29 October 2005. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, and his father.
CPT Raymond D. Hill was born and raised in the San Joaquin central valley, graduating from Ceres High. He graduated from California State University, Stanislaus with a BA in Liberal Studies in 1998. Most recently he resided in Turlock, Ca, where he was employed by the Modesto Irrigation District as an Engineering Technician, and has been an active member of the 4-H Club for numerous years. CPT Hill enlisted in the National Guard in 1987 and was assigned to E Company 1-184th Infantry. He received his commissioned from the California OCS program on 22 August 1997. He served as an Anti-Armor Platoon Leader for Delta Company, 1-184, as well as a Mortar Platoon Leader for HHC. In 2002 he deployed to Kuwait as an Alpha Company Platoon Leader. Upon completion of Field Artillery Advance Course he served as the Fire Support Officer for the 1-184 Infantry and Commander of Detachment 1 HHSB 1-487 FA. CPT Hill was promoted to the rank of Captain on 23 September 2004. CPT Hill deployed in August of 2004 and entered the Iraqi theater January of 2005 where he served as the Battalion’s FSO, S7 and PAO. CPT Hill’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal 2d Award, National Defense Service Medal 2d award, Armed Forces Expedition Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M device 2d award, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, and the Iraq Campaign Medal.