Corporal Ralyn M. Hill was born in Lindenwood, Illinois on May 6, 1899. He entered the service through the Illinois National Guard and lived in Abilene in his post-war years.
He served in Company H, 129th Infantry, 33rd Division. On October 7, 1918, Hill saw a French airplane crash on the enemy side of the Meuse River. Seeing the pilot was injured, Hill dashed across a footbridge to recover the pilot, returning him to safety despite being under constant fire. One account also suggests he recovered secret papers from the burning plane.
In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed Hill the postmaster of Abilene.
Hill died in Abilene on March 25, 1977, and is buried in the Abilene Cemetery.
For a little more information on Hill, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralyn_M._Hill .