Soldier Honored: Raymond D. Hill, II
Hometown: Turlock, California
Branch of Service: Army National Guard
Captain Raymond D. Hill, 39, of Turlock, Calif., was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, California Army National Guard in Modesto, Calif. CPT Hill died on October 29, 2005 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during patrol operations in Baghdad. CPT Hill was on his way to deliver educational supplies and humanitarian aid to Iraqis affected by military operations.
Throughout his childhood and teenage years in Modesto and Ceres, CPT Hill was growing into his role as a natural leader and a community role model. He was a member and leader for the Ceres 4-H club and a member of the Ceres High School band and track and field team. CPT Hill joined the National Guard in 1987, two years after graduating. He married, earned a Bachelor's degree from Cal State Stanislaus, and went to work as an engineer technician with the Modesto Irrigation District. However, he never left the Guard. CPT Hill would boost moral during deployments and training exercises by exchanging thoughts on BBQ sauces or sharing stories of trips back home.
CPT Hill is survived by his wife and two daughters, one of whom is a Folds of Honor Higher Education scholarship recipient.