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 Richmond Hobson Hilton

Richmond Hobson Hilton

Birth
Westville, Kershaw County, South Carolina, USA
Death 13 Aug 1933 (aged 34)
Lexington County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Camden, Kershaw County, South Carolina, USA
Plot Section 14
Memorial ID 11292 · View Source
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World War I Medal of Honor Recipient. He received the award from US President Woodrow Wilson at the White House in Washington DC in January 1919 for his actions as a sergeant in Company M, 118th Infantry, 30th Division of the US Army on October 11, 1918 at Brancourt-le-Grand, France during the Hundred Days Offensive in final months of World War I. He joined the US Army following the US entry into World War I in April 1917 and following his training the following July, he was sent to the Western Front in France and saw his first combat action at the Third Battle of Ypres. Following his action for which he won the Medal of Honor, he was discharged from the US Army and returned to his home in South Carolina where he died at the age of 34 from complications associated with his war wounds. His Medal of Honor citation reads: "The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Richmond Hobson Hilton (ASN: 1312381), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 11 October 1918, while serving with Company M, 118th Infantry, 30th Division, in action at Brancourt, France. While Sgt. Hilton's company was advancing through the village of Brancourt it was held up by intense enfilading fire from a machinegun. Discovering that this fire came from a machinegun nest among shell holes at the edge of the town, Sgt. Hilton, accompanied by a few other soldiers, but well in advance of them, pressed on toward this position, firing with his rifle until his ammunition was exhausted, and then with his pistol, killing 6 of the enemy and capturing 10. In the course of this daring exploit he received a wound from a bursting shell, which resulted in the loss of his arm." In addition to the Medal of Honor, he also received the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Conduct Medal, the French Médaille Militaire, the French Croix de Guerre (with palm), the Italian Croce al Merito di Guerre, the Portuguese Croce al Merito di Guerre, and the Montenegro Bravery Medal. In 1953 Hilton Field at Fort Jackson, South Carolina was named in his honor, Additionally, a plaque in his memory resides in the foyer of the South Carolina Capitol Building at Columbia.

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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  • Added: 29 Jul 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11292
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richmond Hobson Hilton (8 Oct 1898–13 Aug 1933), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11292, citing Quaker Cemetery, Camden, Kershaw County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .