|Birth: ||Mar. 21, 1925|
|Death: ||Aug. 9, 1993|
At age 17, dad had started the process to join the U.S. Navy in 1942 (testing and physical exams), but was told by a Petty Officer that he would have to leave the next day ... having not yet taken the oath, he walked out of the Navy recruiter's office. The following year, 1943, was drafted into the Army, entering service on July 4th from Compton, Calif., and was sent to Camp Barkley, Texas to become a Soldier and an Army Medic.
His first permanent station assignment was in Oahu, Hawaii where he served as both a medic at firing ranges and a medical staff driver for the Asst Surgeon "P.O.A".
In October 1944, he shipped out to the western Pacific and participated in the invasion of Okinawa as a member of the 7th Infantry Division as a driver, medical jeep aidman. After the surrender of Japan in August 1945, his unit participated in the occupation of Korea. He remained in Korea until December 1945.
By January of 1946, he was stationed at the Presidio of San Francisco as a Wardmaster on a Hospital Train and did this until his discharge in November 30, 1946.
In late 1946, he had returned to Southern California and resumed civilian life only to find no work that satisfied his liking.
By April of 1948, he returned to the Army, working at McCormack General Hospital in Pasadena, CA. In June of 1949, dad was transferred to Osaka, Japan working as an Army medic again and an instructor in the 25th Med Bn ... and he was still there in 1950 when the North Koreans attacked to the south across the 38th parallel. On October 7, 1950 dad returned to Korea.
Assigned to the 25th Medical Bn, 25th Infantry Division, dad shipped out to Korea and ended up trapped with the US Army in the Pusan Perimeter. But General MacArthur's amphibious landings at Inchon changed everything. With the subsequent breakout of the Pusan Perimeter, the UN Forces pursued the North Korean Army northward and destroyed it all the way to the Yalu River, the border of China.
In November of 1950 the Red Chinese Army entered the war. Dad almost died in that cold winter as his 25th Division, Eighth US Army, fought bitter engagements, on all sides, against the Chinese Army in the Battle of the Ch'ongch'on River and the southwardly retreat to the 38th parallel.
Harry Donald Hall (1902 - 1962)
Eva May Horner Hall (1906 - 1972)
Note: SSG US ARMY, WORLD WAR II, KOREA, VIETNAM
Northern California Veterans Cemetery
Plot: Section C2 Row 5 Site E
Maintained by: RD Hall
Originally Created by: Angie Robinson
Record added: Feb 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65943614
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Added: Nov. 15, 2013
Dad ... after serving in three wars and raising a family ... you died before I was done talking with you. I miss you.|
MSG R. Hall
Added: Apr. 16, 2013