HALL, William Edward, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1947-1960, Joint Reserve Intelligence Center (JRIC)/Ft Leavenworth KS (JRIC)
Service Years
1938 - 1946
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home Town
Storrs, UT
Last Address
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Date of Passing
Nov 15, 1996
Location of Interment
Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery - Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
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LtCdr. William Edward Hall
Medal of Honor

William E. Hall (October 31, 1913 – November 15, 1996) was a United States Naval Reserve officer and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions during the Battle of the Coral Sea in World War II.

Hall joined the Navy from his birth state of Utah and by May 7, 1942 was a Lieutenant, Junior Grade, serving as a scout plane pilot. On that day, over the Coral Sea, he dive bombed a Japanese aircraft carrier, 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. 

Hall reached the rank of lieutenant commander before leaving the Navy. He died at age 83 and was buried in Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

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Medal of Honor

Hall's official 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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USS Yorktown (CV-5)VS-5USS Enterprise (CV-6)USS Lexington (CV-2)
VS-2NMC San Diego (Balboa Naval Hospital)NAS Daytona BeachNAS Seattle/Sandpoint
Fleet Combat Training Center Pacific (Faculty Staff)US NavyCommander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)/Commander Fleet Air Western Pacific (COMFAIRWESTPAC)Naval Reserve Forces Command
  1939-1941, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  1941-1942, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  1942-1942, VS-5
  1942-1942, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1942-1942, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1942-1942, VS-2
  1942-1943, NMC San Diego (Balboa Naval Hospital)
  1943-1944, NAS Daytona Beach
  1944-1944, NAS Seattle/Sandpoint
  1945-1945, Fleet Combat Training Center Pacific (Faculty Staff)
  1945-1945, Naval Air Units
  1945-1946, Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)/Commander Fleet Air Western Pacific (COMFAIRWESTPAC)
  1947-1960, Joint Reserve Intelligence Center (JRIC)/Ft Leavenworth KS (JRIC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
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  1933-1937, University of Redlands
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