George Benjamin Hull Jr. was born in Beverly Hill, California on August 31st 1924 to George Benjamin Hull Sr. and Amelia Hogan Hull Riley. Upon graduating from high school, George enlisted in the Navy and entered the NROTC program at University of Southern California May 1943. After earning his commission as an Ensign and a BS Naval Science, he reported for duty aboard the USS Tappahannock May 1945. This was a fleet oiler or a port at sea-going service center. His ship was part of the Battle of Okinawa where the largest amphibious force ever assembled: 300 warships and 1,139 auxiliary vessels. George celebrated his 21st birthday aboard his ship in Tokyo Bay. Duties aboard ship included Division Officer, Assistant Gunnery Officer, Assistant Navigator, Assistant Communications Officer and Recognition Officer. George was released from active duty September 3rd 1946 and enrolled at USC to earn his Civil Engineering Degree. He transferred to US Naval reserve and received his honorable discharge June 1959. George was proud of his service and regaled his family with stories about his involvement in 11 wars.
1. 1942/43 Pachuco (Zoot Suit) Riots/strife vs Navy San Pedro/Wilmington, Ca.
2. 1942/45 WW II: US Navy vs Japan: USA, Pacific and Asian Theatres of Operations
3. 1945/46 Chinese Civil war: US Navy/marines vs Mao: insurgents in North China, Shantung Peninsula
4. 1948 Palestine Partition War: Saudi Arabia military involvement
5. 1954 Adenese Tribesmen vs Somali Ethnic riots: British Crown Colony of Aden
6. 1956/57 Suez Crisis: UK. France, Israel vs Egypt: Aden Colony (now South Yemen)
7. 1956/58 Aden Colony vs Yemen border War
8. 1961 Kuwait vs Iraq invasion threat: foiled by last minute arrival of British Air/Sea/Land forces
9. 1982/88 Gulf War: Iran vs Iraq: All Gulf states and USA involved
10. 1989 Kingdom of Nepal: Katmandu rioting to overthrow the king
11. 1990/91 Desert Storm/Desert Shield campaigns: Iraq vs Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, USA coalition
George worked for Bechtel Co. for 46 years building key infrastructure and petrochemical projects all over the world before retiring in 1994. He then created a home in Houston where family and friends came to visit until moving to Longview.
George is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jeanne Denise; his daughter, Beverley; his son, Vincent; his grandchildren, Georgina, Luke and fiancé Chelsey Davis, Courtney and Emalie; nieces and nephews, Peter and Ellie Mann, Gerrit and Stephanie Hull along with a loving extended family. George was preceded in death by his parents; son, George Benjamin III (GB); and brother Garrit Lansing Hull.
Services will be 10AM, July 21, 2020, in the Chapel of Welch Funeral Home in Longview, Texas. Interment will be at Summerfield Cemetery in Judson, Texas.
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