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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 31/10/1913 Storrs, Utah. d. 15/11/1996 Kansas City, Missouri.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 08/05/1942 Coral Sea.

 

Hall joined the Navy from his birth state of Utah in 1938 and by May 7, 1942 was a Lieutenant, Junior Grade, serving as a scout plane pilot with Scouting Squadron 2 (flying the SBD Dauntless). On that day, over the Coral Sea, he dive bombed a Japanese aircraft carrier, Shoho contributing greatly to its destruction. The next day, he attacked a superior number of Japanese planes and shot down three. Although his craft was damaged and he was seriously wounded in this attack, he managed to land safely. For these actions, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

 

While in the hospital he met his wife, a navy nurse, and they married in September 1942. Hall reached the rank of lieutenant commander before leaving the Navy in 1946.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

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.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: FORT LEAVENWORTH NATIONAL CEMETERY, KANSAS.

Section I, site 286

William Edward Hall

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