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Hugo Sheridan Sims, Jr.
Born (1921-10-14)October 14, 1921
Died July 9, 2004(2004-07-09) (aged 82)
Place of birth Orangeburg, South Carolina
Place of death Orangeburg, South Carolina
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1942–1945, 1951
Rank Captain
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Distinguished Service Cross
Silver Star
Bronze Star

Hugo Sheridan Sims, Jr. (October 14, 1921 – July 9, 2004) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina. He was mostly known for his military career.

Early life[]

Born in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Sims attended the public schools. He graduated from Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1941. After graduation, he was editor of the Times and Democrat the daily newspaper of Orangeburg, South Carolina from 1941 to 1942.

He served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945, commanded Company A, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division while serving in the Second World War. During his service, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, and Bronze Star.

After the war, he graduated from the law school of the University of South Carolina in 1947 and was a lawyer in private practice.

Political career[]

He served as member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1947 to 1948. He then defeated incumbent John J. Riley for the Democrat nomination to Congress from the South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District. He was elected to the Eighty-first Congress. However, he lost the Democratic nomination to Riley in 1950, who went on to regain the Congressional seat.

Later life[]

Sims reentered the United States Army in 1951, and then resumed the practice of law from 1951 to 1965. He served as president of the Management and Investment Corporation from 1965 to 1983.

He died on July 9, 2004, in Orangeburg, South Carolina and is interred in Memorial Park Cemetery in Orangeburg.

DSC Citation[]

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Captain (Infantry), [then First Lieutenant] Hugo S. Sims (ASN: 0-1314557), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as S-2 of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces from 29 to 31 October 1944. Captain Sims voluntarily led a five-man patrol on a round-trip mission of twenty miles through enemy occupied territory. The patrol having reached a main highway, he organized and set up an observation post for the daylight hours, radioing back information on enemy movements. By his willingness to face great risk, he established the identity of several units facing the airborne division across the river, located artillery targets, determined the disposition of the enemy strongpoints, identified the type of military traffic along the main enemy route of communications, and returned with thirty-two prisoners for detailed questioning.

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