Francis (Frank) V. Hilley of Pittsburgh, PA

261st Infantry Regiment


 65th Division, 261st Regiment, A Co.
 Purple Heart Recipient - Attended 2010

Born in Pittsburgh in 1921, Mr. Hilley entered the army in May of 1944. He went through basic training at Camp Wheeler Georgia and then was assigned to the 261st Regiment of the 65th Division, 1st Battalion, Company A. After  basic he trained at Biloxi MS for about a month then on to the Bronx NY to head to Camp Lucky Strike in Le Havre  France. After arriving in the ETO he served in the Central Europe - Rhineland campaign where he was wounded  by enemy fire. Later he received a Purple Heart for that action. Mr. Hilley also served in the Battle of the  Bulge. During his time in service, he received the following decorations and citations: European African / Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star, WWII Victory Medal and was honorably discharged in March of 1946.