LT COL, US MARINE CORPS
WORLD WAR II, KOREA, VIETNAM
Daniel Webster Hall, Jr. Lt. Col. U.S.M.C. Retired,89, passed away on January 19, 2011 in Tampa. He was born to Daniel Webster Hall, Sr. and Adelaide Jackson Hall in Oakfield, Ga. on January 9, 1922. His early years were spent between Tampa, Fl., Helena, Ga., and Worth County, Ga. He received his High School Diploma from Plant High School in Tampa, Florida. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps on November 9, 1942. The WWII years were spent in North & South Carolina as an enlisted Air Craft Mechanic. In June, 1945, he was married to Elsie Sunshine Shepard from River Junction, Fla. In early 1946 he was transferred from Cherry Point, N.C., to Quantico, Va. to attend Marine Corps Aviation Technical School. He volunteered for the first helicopter school and was transferred to Lakehurst, N.J. for training with the Navy prior to being assigned as a charter member of HMX-1 Marine Helicopter Squadron (Marine One, The Presidential Helicopter), which proved to be interesting and rewarding. He was helicopter air craft maintenance chief of VMO-6 when helicopters made their first amphibious landing in combat at Inchon, Korea. He returned to HMX-1 at Quantico, Va. to train additional crews which formed HMR-161. In October 1952 he was commissioned a 2nd Lt. at Quantico, Va. He remained associated with helicopters through various squadron organizations state side and overseas. He attended many service schools and earned his B.S. Degree in business administration from Jackson College, Hawaii in 1963. On January 31, 1972 he was retired from the Marine Corps as a Lt. Col. having attained 13 ranks, making him a Mustang, having honorably served his country for 29 years, 2 months, and 22 days. He earned the following medals and citations while serving: Navy Commendation Ribbon W/Combat "V"; Good Conduct Medal; Army Distinguished Unit Citation; Presidential Unit Citation; American Theatre Ribbon; WWII Victory Medal; Korean Service Medal; United Nations Service Medal; Korean Presidential Unit Citation; National Defense Service Medal W/1 Star; Vietnam Service Medal W/2 Stars; Vietnam Campaign Medal W/ Device; Legion of Merrit. His grandfathers served in the Confederate Army;his father served in the Navy during WWI; his brother, C.L. Hall served in the Navy during WWII; his daughter served in the Army, his son the Marines who served in Vietnam, and his son-in-law was in the Air Force. Upon retirement Dan has been active in Local, Civic, Fraternal, Church, and Veterans organizations. He was a life member of: U.S.S. Tampa Post #5 Past Commander American Legion; Past Chef Degare of Vioture #199, 40/8; President American Legion Cemetery Corp.; Past Dept. Commandant, Detachment Marine Corps League; Devil Dogs; Marine Corps Ass.; Marine Corps Reserve Officers Ass.; Marine Corps Avation Ass.; Past President National Sojourers Chapter #252; Danang Chapter; Past Commander Kutz Camp Heroes of 76; Charter Life Member of Demolay Alumni Ass.; Chevalier Demolay; Port Tampa Lodge #153 F&AM; York Rite Bodies; Scottish Rite Bodies; Shriners of North America, Egypt Temple; Past Worthy Patron of Port Tampa #178 and Grand Representative to Alabama of Grand Chapter of Fla. OES; Fla. State Veterans Planning Group; President of South Tampa Military Chapter (FGBMI); Veterans of Foreign Wars; and a member of Palma Ceia United Methodist Church. He is survived by Elsie S. Hall, loving wife of 65 1/2 years; daughter, Cynthia Hall Thompson; Son, Daniel Roy Hall and Wife Selma; Granddaughter Delores (Dolly) T. Reynolds; Grandson, Matthew Devaux; 3 Great Grand Children, Joshua Daniel, David and Diana Reynolds; Niece Pamela Jean Hall; and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A visitation will be held on Monday, January 24 from 5 to 7PM at Marsicano-B.Marion Reed-Stowers Funeral Home. A funeral service will then be held on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 11AM at Palma Ceia United Methodist Church with interment to follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL with full military honors.
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