Chilton, Robert Clay, CSM

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Last Rank
Command Sergeant Major
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
00Z-Command Sergeant Major IN
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1972, 00Z, 1st Battalion, 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard)/HHC
Service Years
1942 - 1972

Honor Guard
Command Sergeant Major

Ten Service Stripes

Sixteen Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Chilton, Robert Clay, CSM USA(Ret).
Contact Info
Home Town
El Reno, Oklahoma
Last Address
San Antonio, Texas

Date of Passing
Apr 20, 2004
Location of Interment
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 40, Site 56

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007) U.S. Army Vietnam 82nd Airbone Division

101st Airbone Division 1st Armored Division 3rd Infantry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne Armor Shoulder Cord

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
CSM Chilton was a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Served in Africa, Italy, France and Germany during World War II. In Vietnam he was the Command Sergeant for the 101st Airborne Division, 3rd Brigade. Retired as Command Sergeant Major. Recipient of the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with "V" device with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service, Air Medal with 5 oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, Combat Infantryman's Badge and Master Parachustist Badge. Preceded in death by his parents, William and Pearl Chilton; son, William Robert Chilton. Information extracted from obituary in San Antonio Express News, April 23, 2004.

Other Comments:
Robert C. Chilton was born and raised in El Reno Oklahoma. In 1942, at 18 years of age, he joined the US Army in Oklahoma City. Trained in Ft. Sill OK and Camp Wallace, TX, then to New York where he boarded the "Gripsholm", a Swedish Liner converted for troops. Nov.8, 1942, Pvt. Robert C. Chilton landed in North Africa and fought the duration of the African Campaign with the 1st Armored Division. Sept.9, 1943 he was in the Salerno, Italy invasion followed by the Anzio Italy beach head encounter, then on to southern France, 1944. Crossing the Rhine River into Germany at Worms, battles were fought through Stutgart and Nuremberg and then on into Austria. When the war in Europe ended May 1945, he was in Salzburg, Austria, having been in WWII 2 years and 11 months. He returned home on the Queen Mary arriving in New York Oct.1945. He graduated from Ft. Benning GA and became a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, NC. Here he gained the rank of 1st Sergeant. From there, a family accompanied tour to Germany and two one-year tours to Korea followed. In 1968, he was among the first to receive the then new rank of Command Sergeant Major. This same year, 1968, he went to Vietnam where he was with the 101st Airborne Division. His last battle before returning to the United States was "Hamburger Hill". His last tour of duty was in Ft. Myer, VA where he was the Command Sergeant Major of the "Presidents Honor Guard" - 3rd Infantry Old Guard. He retired on June 30, 1972 with 30 years service having served in the Infantry, Armor, Airborne and Intelligence Units. Command Sergeant Major Robert C. Chilton, Retired, now lives in San Antonio, TX near Ft. Sam Houston and remains active in military affairs. He is 1999 President of the Alamo Chapter 82nd Airborne Association.
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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Recoilless Rifle
Flame Thrower
Machine Gun
Master Parachutist (2 Combat Jumps)
Field Artillery
Vietnam - Jump Wings

 Unit Assignments
Army Garrison, Fort Sill, OK1st Armored DivisionAirborne School82nd Airborne Division
101st Airborne Division 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)
  1942-1942, 522, Army Garrison, Fort Sill, OK
  1942-1945, 590, 1st Armored Division
  1945-1945, 590, Airborne School
  1946-1948, 1745, 82nd Airborne Division/HHC
  1968-1970, 00Z, 101st Airborne Division
  1970-1972, 00Z, 1st Battalion, 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard)/HHC
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1948-1950 Occupation Duty
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
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