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About Roy C. Hilton

About the author: Roy Carter Hilton (November 7, 1892 — January 8, 1951), Colonel, U.S.A. According to The Citadel Archives and Museum,

Roy Hilton was born in Greenwood, South Carolina on November 7, 1892. He entered The Citadel in 1911. As a cadet, he was a member of the Polytechnic Literary Society and during his senior year, he held the position of Cadet Lieutenant of Company A his senior year. He majored in English and graduated in 1915. On June 7, 1917, he entered the U. S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and served in France and Germany. He was assigned to The Citadel from 1938-1941 as an assistant professor of military science. In 1941 he was stationed in Bataan, Philippine Islands. When the United States forces on Bataan surrendered to the Japanese on April 9, 1942, Colonel Hilton was held as a prisoner of war by the Japanese until the liberation in 1945.

About the diary: Part of the Roy C. Hilton Digital Collection of The Citadel; classified as Record by Roy C. Hilton, March from Bataan to Camp O’Donnell, April 10-April 15, 1943. Note: this should actually say 1942. It is a chart, but for the purposes of The Philippine Diary Project, is also a chronological account.