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.