Marine Corps Sgt. Gerald W. Hill of Diamond, a decorated Korean War veteran, died in August of this year and his family presented an ornate Marine Corps sword to St. Juvin Post 1336 Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander Charlie Brown, a neighbor.
St. Juvin Post has no Post Home or a proper way to display the sword so the post membership decided to gift the sword to the Marine Corps League Grundy County Detachment for display at a proposed military museum to be located in the Morris American Legion building.
The sword was presented by St. Juvin Jr. Vice Commander James “Hoppy” Phillips to Harion Enervold, Commandant of the Grundy County Detachment of the Marine Corps League, at a meeting of the Grundy County Veterans Assistance Commission held Saturday at the Mazon American Legion Post.
”I think Jerry Hill would be happy to know that his sword is in the possession of fellow Marines and will be treasured by them,” Brown said. “Sgt. Hill served our country for six years, two in the U.S.Navy and four years in the Marine Corps. His awards included the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with three bronze stars for named major engagements, United Nations Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Korean Presidential Unit Citation.”
Hill was a member of Cantigny VFW Post, Joliet.