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James Cordie Dozier


Rank: First Lieutenant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company G
Division: 118th Infantry, 30th Division
Born: 17 February 1885, Galivants Ferry, S.C.
Died: 24 October 1974, Columbia, S.C.
Entered Service At: Rock Hill, S.C.
G.O. Number: 16
Date of Issue: 31 December 1919
Place / Date: Near Montbrehain, France, 8 October 1918
In command of 2 platoons, 1st. Lt. Dozier was painfully wounded in the shoulder early in the attack, but he continued to lead his men displaying the highest bravery and skill. When his command was held up by heavy machinegun fire, he disposed his men in the best cover available and with a soldier continued forward to attack a machinegun nest. Creeping up to the position in the face of intense fire, he killed the entire crew with hand grenades and his pistol and a little later captured a number of Germans who had taken refuge in a dugout nearby.

Gary Evans Foster


Rank: Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company F
Division: 118th Infantry, 30th Division
Born: 6 November 1894, Spartanburg, S.C.
Died: 22 July 1951 (aged 56), Boiling Spring, S.C.
Entered Service At: Inman, S.C.
G.O. Number: 16
Date of Issue: 31 December 1919
Place / Date: Near Montbrehain, France, 8 October 1918
When his company was held up by violent machinegun fire from a sunken road, Sgt. Foster with an officer went forward to attack the hostile machinegun nests. The officer was wounded, but Sgt. Foster continued on alone in the face of the heavy fire and by effective use of handgrenades and his pistol killed several of the enemy and captured 18.

Thomas Lee Hall


Rank: Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company G
Division: 118th Infantry, 30th Division
Born: 1893 (headstone), Fort Mill, S.C. (Other sources say 8 January 1895)
Died: 8 October 1918 (aged 24-25), Montbrehain, Departement de l’Aisne, Picadie, France
Entered Service At: Fort Mill, S.C.
G.O. Number: 50
Date of Issue: 31 December 1919
Place / Date: Near Montbrehain, France, 8 October 1918
Having overcome 2 machinegun nests under his skillful leadership, Sgt. Hall's platoon was stopped 800 yards from its final objective by machinegun fire of particular intensity. Ordering his men to take cover in a sunken road, he advanced alone on the enemy machinegun post and killed 5 members of the crew with his bayonet and thereby made possible the further advance of the line. While attacking another machinegun nest later in the day this gallant soldier was mortally wounded.

Richmond Hobson Hilton


Rank: Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company M
Division: 118th Infantry, 30th Division
Born: 8 October 1898, Westville, S.C.
Died: 13 August 1933 (aged 34)
Entered Service At: Westville, S.C.
G.O. Number: 16
Date of Issue: 31 December 1919
Place / Date: At Brancourt, France, 11 October 1918
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.

James Davison Heriot


Rank: Corporal
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company I
Division: 118th Infantry, 30th Division
Born: 2 November 1890, Providence, S.C.
Died: 12 October 1918 (aged 27), Vaux-Andigny, Departement de l’Aisne, Picardie, France
Entered Service At: Providence, S.C.
G.O. Number: 13
Date of Issue: 31 December 1919
Place / Date: At Vaux-Andigny, France, 12 October 1918
Cpl. Heriot, with 4 other soldiers, organized a combat group and attacked an enemy machine-gun nest which had been inflicting heavy casualties on his company. In the advance 2 of his men were killed, and because of the heavy fire from all sides the remaining 2 sought shelter. Unmindful of the hazard attached to his mission, Cpl. Heriot, with fixed bayonet, alone charged the machinegun, making his way through the fire for a distance of 30 yards and forcing the enemy to surrender. During this exploit he received several wounds in the arm, and later in the same day, while charging another nest, he was killed.

John Cantey Villepigue


Rank: Corporal
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company M
Division: 118th Infantry, 30th Division
Born: 29 March 1896, Camden, S.C.
Died: 18 April 1942 (aged 47), Camden, S.C.
Entered Service At: Camden, S.C.
G.O. Number: 16
Date of Issue: 31 December 1919
Place / Date: At Vaux-Andigny, France, 15 October 1918
Having been sent out with 2 other soldiers to scout through the village of Vaux-Andigny, he met with strong resistance from enemy machinegun fire, which killed 1 of his men and wounded the other. Continuing his advance without aid 500 yards in advance of his platoon and in the face of machinegun and artillery fire he encountered 4 of the enemy in a dugout, whom he attacked and killed with a handgrenade. Crawling forward to a point 150 yards in advance of his first encounter, he rushed a machinegun nest, killing 4 and capturing 6 of the enemy and taking 2 light machineguns. After being joined by his platoon he was severely wounded in the arm.