HILTON, RICHMOND HOBSON
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company M, 118th Infantry,
30th Division. Place and date: At Brancourt, France,
11 October 1918. Entered service at: Westville, S.C.
Born: 8 October 1898, Westville, S.C. G.O. No.: 16,
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.