Lewis Samuel Horton, Jr.


Vocational Agricultural Education

Cadet, Corporal, First Sergeant, Lieutenant Colonel, Second Battalion Commander; Palmetto Literary Society; Grange, Dairy Club; Scabbard and Blade; President Senior Council; Chesterfield Clemson Club; Commencement Marshall; Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Platoon; First Sergeants Club; Leader Senior Platoon; ROTC Camp at Fort McClellan, Alabama; Basketball Manager

Pageland, South Carolina

Son of Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Horton, Sr., Pageland, S.C.

Army, Captain

Commander, Company C, 1st Battalion, 143rd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division

Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal with Foreign Service Clasp, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, World War II Victory Medal

Jan 5, 1919

Dec 9, 1943

Killed in Action from wounds received from sniper fire during the battles for San Pietro.

Sicily-Rome American Cemetery - Plot H, Row 6, Grave 2; Memorialized in First Baptist Church Cemetery, Pageland, SC


Personal Remembrances

While at Clemson, Horton was nicknamed “Ack."

"My Uncle and namesake, Capt Lewis S. Horton Jr, was killed in action in the invasion of Italy, by sniper fire, after having served in the North African campaign.  He is buried in the Anzio-Rome Military Cemetary which I will visit this coming April (2010).  At Clemson he was the leader of the Senior Platoon.  The Victory Peel of Bells in Tillman Hall Tower (which is the cornerstone of the Clemson Memorial Carillon) was dedicated in his honor (and to all Clemson men who have given their lives in the defense of this nation) by my late Uncle R. G. Horton, Class of '30 in 1985."

Lewis S. Horton, Attorney at Law

Lisa Sharik, Deputy Director, Texas Military Museum, provided the After Action Report.  She also stated: “Captain Lewis Horton was in Command of Company C from October 19, 1943 until his death.  He was the second commander for the unit since it had landed at Salerno.” www.texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org

Additional Information

Capt., U.S. Army.  Born Jan 5, 1919. Graduated from Clemson College and then spent 6 months at the U.S. Military Academy.  Entered the service Feb 1, 1941, and was stationed at Camp Wheeler, Ga.; Camp Crowder, MO,; Ft. McClellan, Ala,; Camp Blanding, Fla.; Carolina Maneuvers; Camp Edwards, Boston, Mass,; N. Africa; Sicily.  Killed in action in Italy, Dec. 9, 1943.  Baptist.  Son of Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Horton, Sr., Pageland, S.C.

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