From a contemporary press report:
Benjamin Ira Hill, 84, a retired Army Colonel and former Central Intelligence Agency engineering manager who had done government work on radar, ballistics, missiles, space systems and artillery testing, died of pneumonia January 14, 2003, at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. He lived at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
He retired from the Army in 1967 as a technical program director in ballistic missile defense. After that, he spent 17 years with the CIA, where he worked on the development of global satellite systems and other communications and sensor technology.
Colonel Hill was born at Fort Monroe, Virginia. He enlisted in the Army in 1937 and graduated in 1942 from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He received a master's degree in electrical engineering from Illinois Technical Institute.
He served as an operations officer in Europe during World War II. Later assignments included the Ballistics Research Laboratories at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, the Army Ballistic Missile Agency at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., and the Advent Management Agency at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, where he headed the satellite division.
He was special weapons coordinator of the Eighth Army in Korea in the early 1960s and retired from the Advance Research Projects Agency of the Defense Department.
He attended Gunson Bible Church in Lorton.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, LaVerne Hill of Fort Belvoir; two children, Jack Hill of Long Branch, New Jersey, and Marcia Hill Barnes of Spotsylvania; a sister, Anne Hunter Galloway of Williamsburg; a brother, John W. Hill of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A son, Douglas Hill, died in 1972.
HILL, BENJAMIN IRA
COL US ARMY
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 05/29/1943 – 06/30/1967
DATE OF BIRTH: 11/17/1918
DATE OF DEATH: 01/14/2003
DATE OF INTERMENT: 02/06/2003
BURIED AT: SECTION 66 SITE 7320 – Arlington National Cemetery
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