Hall, John Lesslie, Jr., ADM

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110X-Unrestricted Line Officer - No Specialty Engagement
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1951-1953, 000X, Pacific Reserve Fleet (PACRESFLT) Stockton, CA
Service Years
1913 - 1953

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Home Town
Williamsburg, Virginia
Last Address
Scottsdale, Arizona

Date of Passing
Mar 06, 1978
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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US Navy Retired 30

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John Lesslie Hall, Jr., was born in Williamsburg, Virginia, on 11 April 1891. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1909, excelled in athletics, and graduated in June 1913. As a junior officer he served in several ships, among them the battleships North Dakota and Utah. During World War I Lieutenant Hall trained engineering personnel on the old battleship Illinois and was an engineer officer on the new destroyer Philip. During the years immediately following World War I, he had sea duty, mainly in destroyers, and served ashore as a Naval Academy instructor.

From the mid-1920s until 1934, Lieutenant Commander Hall was an Aide to the Naval District commandant at Charleston, South Carolina, was Executive Officer of the submarine tender Camden, commanded the destroyer Childs, spent three years with the Naval Academy's physical training and athletics programs, and was Navigator of the training ship Wyoming. Promoted to Commander in 1934, he went to the Far East to serve in the heavy cruiser Augusta and, while with the Asiatic Fleet, commanded the gunboat Asheville and a destroyer division. During the later 1930s Commander Hall was at the Naval War College, initially as a student, then as a member of that institution's staff. In July 1940 he achieved the rank of Captain and was given command of the old battleship Arkansas. This was followed by staff duty with elements of the Atlantic Fleet.

In mid-1942 John L. Hall was given a temporary appointment as Rear Admiral and during the invasion of Morocco that fall was Chief of Staff to the operation's Naval commander. This was followed by command of the Naval forces and facilities in that region. Holding amphibious force commands from February 1943 onwards, Rear Admiral Hall was in charge of important components of the invasions of Sicily in July of that year and of the Italian mainland in September. He was sent to England in November to participate in preparations for the invasion of France and, in the June 1944 Normandy landings, commanded the amphibious assault on "Omaha" Beach. Transferred to the Pacific Fleet's Amphibious Forces in October, Hall participated in the invasion of Okinawa in the spring of 1945.

In October 1945 he became Commander Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet, receiving the rank of Vice Admiral a few months later. Following service as Commandant, Fourteenth Naval District, and Commander Hawaiian Sea Frontier, in 1948 he became Commandant of the Armed Forces Staff College. Vice Admiral Hall's final assignment was as Commander Western Sea Frontier and Commander Pacific Reserve Fleet from August 1951 until his retirement at the beginning of May 1953. Upon leaving active duty, he was advanced to the rank of Admiral on the basis of a combat award. John L. Hall, Jr., died at Scottsdale, Arizona, on 6 March 1978.

The guided missile frigate USS John L. Hall (FFG-32), commissioned in 1982, is named in honor of Admiral Hall.

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US NavyUS Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)NAVSTA CharlestonUSS Camden (AS-6)
Naval War College (Faculty Staff)USS Arkansas (BB-33)Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)Commander Naval Amphibious Forces Pacific (COMPHIBPAC)
Joint Forces Staff College/Armed Forces Staff College (Faculty Staff)Pacific Reserve Fleet (PACRESFLT) Stockton, CA
  1913-1915, 000X, USS North Dakota (BB-29)
  1915-1917, 000X, USS Utah (BB-31)
  1917-1918, 000X, USS Illinois (BB-7)
  1918-1920, 000X, USS Philip (DD-76)
  1923-1925, 000X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1925-1927, 000X, NAVSTA Charleston
  1927-1928, 000X, USS Camden (AS-6)
  1928-1930, 000X, USS Childs (DD-241)
  1930-1933, 000X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1933-1934, 000X, USS Wyoming (BB-32)
  1934-1936, 000X, USS Augusta (CA-31)
  1936-1938, 000X, USS Asheville (PG-21)
  1938-1940, 000X, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1940-1941, 000X, USS Arkansas (BB-33)
  1941-1942, 000X, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)/Commander, Destroyers, Atlantic Fleet
  1942-1943, 000X, Commander Western Naval Task Force
  1943-1944, 000X, Commander, Eighth Fleet
  1945-1947, 000X, Commander Naval Amphibious Forces Pacific (COMPHIBPAC)
  1947-1949, 000X, 14th Naval District/COMNAVBASE Pearl Harbor
  1949-1951, 000X, Joint Forces Staff College/Armed Forces Staff College (Faculty Staff)
  1951-1953, 000X, Commander, Western Sea Frontier
  1951-1953, 000X, Pacific Reserve Fleet (PACRESFLT) Stockton, CA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
 Colleges Attended 
College of William and MaryUnited States Naval Academy
  1906-1909, College of William and Mary
  1909-1913, United States Naval Academy
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