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Richmond Hobson Hilton



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Old Quaker Cemetery

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Born:  October 08, 1898 at Westville, SC

Entered Service in the US Army from Westville, SC

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War I For heroism October 11, 1918 at Brancourt, France

Died:  August 13, 1933 at the age of 34

Sergeant Hilton earned the Medal of Honor for heroism near Westville, France, during intense assaults upon enemy positions. While his 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, Sergeant 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. Then, with his pistol, he killed six of the enemy and captured ten. In the course of this daring exploit he received a wound from a bursting shell, which resulted in the loss of his arm.



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