1st Battalion - 118th Infantry Regiment
1-118th Infantry Battalion was part of the 230 South Carolina National Guard soldiers mobilized to provide homeland security support at Ft. Jackson and Ft. Gordon, Ga.
The Spartanburg South Carolina militia was organized as a National Guard infantry company in 1907. It became a unit of the 118th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division in World War I, participating in the Somme, III Ypres, and Flanders, 1917-18. In World War II, the unit partcipated in Northern France and the Rhineland, 1944-45.
First Lieutenant James C Dozier, US Army, Company G, 118th Infantry, 30th Division, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for action near Montbrehain, France, 8 October 1918. Born 17 February 1885, at Galivants Ferry, NC, he entered service at Rock Hill, SC. 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 handgrenades and his pistol and a little later captured a number of Germans who had taken refuge in a dugout nearby.
Sergeant Gary Evans Foster, US Army, Company F, 118th Infantry, 30th Division was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for action 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.
Sergeant Thomas Lee Hall, US Army, Company G, 118th Infantry, 30th Division was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for action 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.
Corporal James D. Heriot, US Army, Company I, 118th Infantry, 30th Division was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for action at Vaux-Andigny, France, 12 October 1918. Entered service at: Providence, S.C. Birth: Providence, S.C. G.O. No.: 13, W.D., 1919. Citation: 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.
Units of the 1-118th Infantry Battalion have contributed to Operation Iraqi Freedom since 2003. In January, 2003, 41 soldiers from 1st Battalion 118th Infantry, Mount Pleasant, deployed to Kuwait, then to Djibouti on the Horn of Africa for a security detail at Camp Le Monier, the only U.S. military base in sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally in July 2004, 96 soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 118th Infantry, Gaffney, NATO peace-keeping force in Kosovo.
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