Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Army, 356th Infantry, 89th Division.
Place and date: Near Le Champy Bas, France, 3 November 1918.
at: Denver, Colo. Birth: Eureka Springs, Ark. G.O. No.: 20, W.D., 1919.
Citation: When his battalion, of which he had just taken command, was halted
by machinegun fire from the front and left flank, he picked up the rifle
of a dead soldier and, calling on his men to follow led the advance across
a stream, waist deep, in the face of the machinegun fire. Upon reaching
the opposite bank this gallant officer was seriously wounded in the abdomen
by a sniper, but before permitting himself to be evacuated he made complete
arrangements for turning over his command to the next senior officer, and
under the inspiration of his fearless leadership his battalion reached
its objective. Capt. Chiles died shortly after reaching the hospital.
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)