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 William Edward Hall

William Edward Hall

Birth
Storrs, Carbon County, Utah, USA
Death 15 Nov 1996 (aged 83)
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Burial Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, USA
Plot Section I, site 286
Memorial ID 12019 · View Source
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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."

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Medal of Honor; Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, World War II, Purple Heart


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  • Added: 31 Aug 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12019
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Edward Hall (31 Oct 1913–15 Nov 1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12019, citing Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .