Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company M, 118th Infantry,
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, W.D., 1919.
Citation: 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.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)