Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Halls in:
 • Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery
 • Fort Leavenworth
 • Leavenworth County
 • Kansas
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
William Edward Hall
Birth: Oct. 31, 1913
Storrs
Carbon County
Utah, USA
Death: Nov. 15, 1996
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA

World War II Medal of Honor Recipient. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of the Coral Sea in the Pacific Theater of Operations. Born William Edward Hall, he joined the US Navy in 1938 and by May 1942 he had achieved the rank of lieutenant, junior grade, and served as a scout plane pilot with Scouting Squadron 2, flying a Douglas SBD Dauntless aircraft. On May 7, 1942, over the Coral Sea, he dive bombed a Japanese aircraft carrier, contributing greatly to its destruction. The following day he attacked a superior number of Japanese planes, shooting down three. In spite of his aircraft being damaged and himself seriously wounded in the attack, he managed to land safely. He remained in the US Navy after the war and reached the rank of lieutenant commander before being discharged in 1946. His other military awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the World War II Victory Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and the American Defense Service Medal. He died at the age of 83. His Medal of Honor Citation reads: "For extreme courage and conspicuous heroism in combat above and beyond the call of duty as pilot of a scouting plane in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Coral Sea on 7 and 8 May 1942. In a resolute and determined attack on 7 May, Lt. (j.g.) Hall dived his plane at an enemy Japanese aircraft carrier, contributing materially to the destruction of that vessel. On 8 May, facing heavy and fierce fighter opposition, he again displayed extraordinary skill as an airman and the aggressive spirit of a fighter in repeated and effectively executed counterattacks against a superior number of enemy planes in which 3 enemy aircraft were destroyed. Though seriously wounded in this engagement, Lt. (j.g.) Hall, maintaining the fearless and indomitable tactics pursued throughout these actions, succeeded in landing his plane safe." (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Leah Christine Chapman Hall (1916 - 2001)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Medal of Honor; Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, World War II, Purple Heart
 
Burial:
Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery
Fort Leavenworth
Leavenworth County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Section I, site 286
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Aug 31, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 12019
William Edward Hall
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
William Edward Hall
Added by: Tom Denardo
 
William Edward Hall
Cemetery Photo
Added by: Ed n Edna Lane
 
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.


- sjm
 Added: Nov. 15, 2014

- James Snow
 Added: Nov. 15, 2014

- wings214
 Added: Oct. 31, 2014
There are 165 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.1 after 48 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service