Hall, John Lesslie, Jr., ADM

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Last Primary NEC
00X-Unknown NOC/Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1951-1953, Pacific Reserve Fleet (PACRESFLT) Stockton, CA
Service Years
1913 - 1953

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Hall, John Lesslie, Jr., ADM.
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Home Town
Williamsburg, VA
Last Address
Scottsdale, Arizona

Date of Passing
Mar 06, 1978
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
2 4969-E

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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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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUS Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)DESRON 12, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)USS Camden (AS-6)
Naval War College (Staff)USS Arkansas (BB-33)USS Texas (BB-35)Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
Commander Naval Amphibious Forces Atlalntic (COMPHIBLANT)COMPHIBRON 10, Commander Amphibious Group Two (COMPHIBGRU 2)Commander Naval Amphibious Forces Pacific (COMPHIBPAC)Joint Forces Staff College/Armed Forces Staff College (Staff)
Pacific Reserve Fleet (PACRESFLT) Stockton, CA
  1913-1913, USS North Dakota (BB-29)
  1913-1913, USS Reina Mercedes (IX-25)
  1913-1914, USS Hannibal (AG-1)
  1914-1918, USS Utah (BB-31)
  1917-1918, USS Illinois (BB-7)
  1918-1919, USS Philip (DD-76)
  1919-1919, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1919-1919, USS Dahlgren (DD-187)
  1920-1920, USS Schenck (DD-159)
  1920-1922, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1922-1922, USS Olympia (CL-15)
  1923-1923, USS Farenholt (DD-332)
  1923-1925, DESRON 12, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)
  1925-1927, 6th Naval District
  1927-1928, USS Camden (AS-6)
  1928-1930, USS Childs (DD-241)
  1930-1933, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1933-1934, 00X, USS Wyoming (BB-32)
  1933-1934, USS Wyoming (AG-17)
  1934-1935, USS Augusta (CA-31)
  1935-1936, USS Asheville (PG-21)
  1936-1937, USS Peary (DD-226)
  1938-1940, Naval War College (Staff)
  1940-1941, USS Arkansas (BB-33)
  1941-1942, USS Texas (BB-35)
  1942-1942, Commander, Battleships-Cruisers, Atlantic Fleet, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
  1942-1942, Commander in Chief, United States Fleet (CINCUS)
  1942-1943, Commander Western Naval Task Force
  1943-1943, Commander Naval Amphibious Forces Atlalntic (COMPHIBLANT)
  1943-1944, COMPHIBRON 10, Commander Amphibious Group Two (COMPHIBGRU 2)
  1945-1946, Commander Naval Amphibious Forces Pacific (COMPHIBPAC)
  1946-1948, 14th Naval District/COMNAVBASE Pearl Harbor
  1948-1951, Joint Forces Staff College/Armed Forces Staff College (Staff)
  1951-1953, Commander, Western Sea Frontier
  1951-1953, Pacific Reserve Fleet (PACRESFLT) Stockton, CA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1941-1941 Neutrality Operations in the North Atlantic
  1942-1942 Operation Torch/Naval Battle of Casablanca
  1943-1943 Sicily Campaign (1943)/Opertion Huskey
  1943-1943 Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)/Operation Avalanche
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord
  1945-1945 Okinawa Gunto Operation/Operation Iceberg
 Colleges Attended 
College of William and MaryUnited States Naval AcademyNaval War College
  1906-1909, College of William and Mary
  1909-1913, United States Naval Academy
  1937-1938, Naval War College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 07, 1913, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jun 07, 1916, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Aug 31, 1917, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Apr 01, 1934, Promoted to Commander
  Jul 01, 1940, Promoted to Captain
  Jun 14, 1942, Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Dec 10, 1945, Promoted to Vice Admiral
  Jun 26, 1982, USS John L Hall (FFG-32) commissioned
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