Hall, Harley Hubert, CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1972-1973, 131X, VF-143 Pukin' Dogs
Service Years
1960 - 1973
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club
Order of the Golden Dragon

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Vancouver, WA
Last Address
Vancouver, WA

Casualty Date
Jan 27, 1973
Hostile, Died while Captured
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 112

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
American Battle Monuments CommissionVietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  1994, American Battle Monuments Commission
  2014, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Naval Aviator Wings
Command at Sea

 Duty Stations
USS Bonhomme Richard (CVA-31)VF-154 Black KnightsUSS Ranger (CVA-61)Naval Flight Demonstration Squadron (NFDS)/Blue Angels
USS Enterprise (CVN-65)VF-143 Pukin' Dogs
  1963-1965, 131X, USS Bonhomme Richard (CVA-31)
  1967-1969, 131X, VF-154 Black Knights
  1967-1969, 131X, USS Ranger (CVA-61)
  1970-1971, 131X, Naval Flight Demonstration Squadron (NFDS)/Blue Angels
  1972-1973, 131X, USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
  1972-1973, 131X, VF-143 Pukin' Dogs
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1960-1973 Vietnam War2
 Colleges Attended 
Clark College
  1952-1957, Clark College1
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jan 28, 2014, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
CDR Harley H. Hall was the commanding officer of Fighter Squadron 143 onboard the aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE. On January 27, 1973 he and his Radar Intercept Officer (RIO), LTCDR Philip A. Kientzler, launched in their F4J Phantom fighter aircraft on an attack mission against North Vietnamese supplies and logistic vehicles 15 miles northwest of Quang Tri, South Vietnam. Hall and Kientzler were under the direction of an OV10 Forward Air Controller (FAC). 

CDR Hall's aircraft came under intense anti-aircraft fire while attacking several trucks and was hit. He made an attempt to fly back out to the safety of the sea, but minutes later the aircraft caught fire on the port wing and fuselage.

Both Hall and his co-pilot, LCDR Philip A. Kintzler ejected at 4,000 feet and were seen to land 100 feet apart near a village on an island in the Dam Cho Chua and Cua Viet Rivers. CDR Hall was seen moving about on the ground, discarding his parachute. No voice contact was made with the men, and the probability of immediate capture was considered very high. Numerous aircraft made several passes over the area for the next several hours and were unsuccessful in observing either of the downed crewmen. Several emergency beepers were heard intermittently the remainder of the afternoon and throughout the night, however, no voice contact was established. Active, organized search and rescue efforts were subsequently terminated.

Only Kientzler was released at Operation Homecoming in 1973. He reported that during parachute descent they received heavy ground fire, at which time he was hit in the leg. He last saw CDR Hall as they touched the ground. When he asked his guards about his pilot, he was told that he was killed by another. No other returned POW reported having knowledge of Harley Hall, yet the Pentagon maintained him in POW status for over 6 years, and documents were obtained that indicated that he was indeed captured. The Hanoi government claims to have no
knowledge of CDR Harley Hall. This former member of the famed Blue Angels flight team remains missing.

Harley Hall was shot down on the last day of the war and was the last Navy air casualty of the Vietnam War. He was the last American to be classified Prisoner of War in the Vietnam War. Harley H. Hall was promoted to the rank of Captain during the period he was maintained as a prisoner.
Grade at loss:  Commandeer and promoted to Captain While in POW Status
Incident Date:  Saturday, 01/27/1973
Change Status:  Friday, 02/29/1980
Captured to Died while Captured
Repatriated:    Monday, 01/25/1993
Identified:     Tuesday, 09/06/1994
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