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CMSGT Donald Joe Hall
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CMSGT Donald Joe Hall

Birth
Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, USA
Death 6 Feb 1967 (aged 29)
Vietnam
Cenotaph Stroud, Lincoln County, Oklahoma, USA
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Memorial ID 64165039 · View Source
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In Memory of ....... CMS Donald Joe Hall.
*** Command Master Sergeant Hall was a member of the 38th Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron. On February 6, 1967, he was a crew member of a Sokorsky Sea King Search and Rescue Helicopter (HH-3E) trying to extract a downed American pilot 5 miles from Mu Gia Pass near the border of Laos and North Vietnam. Once the pilot was aboard the helicopter took off and was hit by ground fire causing it to explode and crash. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.


You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!


DONALD JOE HALL - Air Force - CMS - E8
Age: 29
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Mar 26, 1937-Military DD1300 shows Wichita,Ks.
From: STROUD, OK
Marital Status: Married - Isobel Hall and Daughter, Linda L. Hall, of Stroud, Ok.. Parents: Father, Joe L Hall (1902 - 1978) and Mother, Lottie L Hall (1916 - 1975), both of Stroud, OK.

***** "United States Census, 1940"
Name: Donald Joe Hall
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1940
Event Place: Center Township, Haskell, Oklahoma, US
Gender: Male
Age: 3
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household: Grandson
Birthplace: Oklahoma
Birth Year (Estimated): 1937

Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Elmer Hall M 69 Iowa
Wife Jennie Hall F 70 Illinois
Son Joe Hall M 35 Kansas
Daughter-in-law Lattie Hall F 24 Oklahoma
~ ~ ~ ~ Grandson Donald Joe Hall M 3 Oklahoma



His tour began on Feb 6, 1967
Casualty was on Feb 6, 1967
In NORTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died while missing, HELICOPTER - CREW
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND

Body was not recovered
Panel 14E - Line 129


On 6 February 1967, Major Patrick H. Wood, pilot; Capt. Richard A. Kibbey, co-pilot; then SSgt. Donald J. Hall, flight mechanic; and A2C Dwayne Hackney, pararescueman (PJ); comprised the crew of the lead HH-3E rescue helicopter (tail #65-12779), call sign "Jolly Green 05."

The call sign of the number two helicopter in the flight was "Jolly Green 36." They were participating in a search and rescue (SAR) mission for a downed Air Force pilot, Capt. Lucius L. Heiskell.

Firefly 13 and 14, a flight of F-4s, arrived on scene to assist in the SAR mission to rescue Lucius Heiskell. After some minutes, Capt. Dickey saw a burst of AAA fire over Capt. Heiskell's location and turned to avoid the ground fire. During/after this time Capt. Heiskell came up on his survival radio with beeper and voice transmissions.

When contact was finally reestablished with Lucius Heiskell, Jolly Green 05 descended through holes in the undercast of clouds, which were lying on top of some mountain peeks. Capt. Heiskell assisted Major Wood in locating his position with voice vectors. At 1634 hours, the SAR helicopter successfully recovered the downed Birddog pilot in the helicopter's minimum time. Major Wood notified Sandy Lead that he had the pilot onboard and was leaving the area to the south while looking for a hole in the clouds to ascend through.

At 1635 hours, JG 05 transmitted he had been hit and was on fire.

The Sandy pilots immediately saw extremely heavy and accurate 37mm AAA fire directed toward Jolly Green 05 as they raced through the clouds. Just before crashing into a karst peak, Major Wood transmitted that the whole aircraft was on fire. Other pilots and aircrews watched in horror as Jolly Green 05 flew directly and perpendicularly into the karst outcropping at a high rate of speed while on fire scattering flaming wreckage everywhere.

After completing the first aerial inspection and seeing nothing, Sandy Lead requested that he satisfy himself that there were no survivors and made a second pass to do so.

As Jolly Green 36 was inspecting the debris field, Firefly flight heard an emergency beeper signal emanating from the area of loss. At 1640 hours, A2C Dwayne Hackney, the Lead helicopter's PJ, ignited a smoke flair to identify his position and was recovered by SAR personnel near the parachute farthest away from the crash site.

No other survivors were seen near the other parachute or the wreckage. A2C Hackney reported that only he and Capt. Heiskell were wearing parachutes at the time his aircraft was struck by AAA fire and that he had been blown out of the helicopter by the force of the crash.

At the time all formal SAR efforts were terminated Lucius Heiskell, Patrick Wood, Richard Kibbey and Donald Hall were listed Missing in Action.

Due to the intense enemy activity in the area, no other SAR effort was conducted.


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Remains of MIA Vietnam war hero found after 50 years
Thursday, September 28th 2017

Life is quiet out at Louise Morgan’s home. Except for the sounds of roosters and the Oklahoma wind, not much touches this corner of the country.

The peace is a façade covering the years of worry that Morgan has lived with.

“He’s a hero, maybe to nobody else, to me he’s a hero,” said Morgan.

Her last words to her big brother were, "I love you." Chief Master Sgt. Donald Joe Hall was off to Vietnam where he’s been ever since.

“I knew when he was headed for Vietnam, it’s not in our hands (but) it’s in God’s hands whether they come back alive or not,” said Morgan.

On Feb. 6, 1967, Hall courageously rescued a downed pilot along the Mu Gia Pass. As he and his crew made their way out, their helicopter was hit and crashed. During the 50 years since, Hall has been “Missing in Action.”

Until now.

“It’s a good day, because we know where he is. We don’t have to worry about him anymore,” said Morgan.

In a small room, the United States Air Force gave Morgan and her family the answers they’ve been searching for. Her big brother’s remains have been found.

“Just wish that my mom and dad and my sister could have been here to know, but I’m sure they’re all together now,” said Morgan.

The years of heartache are still heavy. Aaron McGee has spent years looking for his grandfather and fellow crew members. Two are still missing.

“You know, my first reaction when we got the word, the first thing that popped into my head was the other two families,” said McGee. “Not the reaction I had dreamed about all my life.”

Morgan knows the pain that comes with waiting but also the relief that comes from hope.

“Never give up hope. Some of these days they will be blessed like I have been,” said Morgan.

After 50 years, her hero has finally come home.

The family plans on burying Hall in Arlington National Cemetery at the end of March.

Halls remains are currently in Honolulu.

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  • Created by: Eddieb
  • Added: 13 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64165039
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CMSGT Donald Joe Hall (26 Mar 1937–6 Feb 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64165039, citing Stroud Cemetery, Stroud, Lincoln County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Eddieb (contributor 46600350) .