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American Legion Post 17 honors Stoney Hilton

Posted: June 8, 2017 2:52 p.m.
Updated: June 9, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Post 17 Adjutant James Rabon, Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott’s Regional Director Margaret Spaulding, Stoney Hilton, Pat Anderson, Post 17 Commander David Fuller, Kershaw County School Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan.

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American Legion Post No. 17 honored Legion member Stonewall J. “Stoney” Hilton at the June 5 meeting. Hilton was one of the 116 crew members of the USS Nautilus SSN-571. 

The first nuclear-powered submarine in the U.S. Navy, the USS Nautilus became the first submarine to complete a submerged transit of the North Pole. Between Aug. 1 and 5, 1958, Capt. William Anderson and his crew guided the submarine 1,830 miles beneath the Polar Ice Cap, from Alaska to the Greenland Sea.

The Nautilus traveled at a depth of about 500 feet beneath the ice cap which varied in thickness from 10 to 50 feet.

Following the presentation of a film on the journey, Hilton made a few remarks and answered questions. He was presented citations by a representative from Senator Tim Scott and by Camden’s mayor. 

Capt. Anderson’s widow, who traveled to Camden to participate in the program, presented Hilton with an American flag that had flown May 12 above the Nautilus, which now serves as a museum of submarine history.

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