Monday, March 16, 2020

Medal of Honor Monday: Lewis R. Hall

"For gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty.  As leader of a machine gun squad charged with the protection of other battalion units, his group was attacked by a superior number of Japanese, his gunner killed, his assistant gunner wounded, and an adjoining gun crew put out of action.  Ordered to withdraw from his hazardous position, he refused to retire but rushed forward to the idle gun and with the aid of another soldier who joined him and held up the machine gun by the tripod to increase its field of action he opened fire and inflicted heavy casualties upon the enemy. While so engaged both these gallant soldiers were killed, but their sturdy defense was a decisive factor in the following success of the attacking battalion." 

From T/5 Hall's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on June 5, 1943.

May you be at peace,
Brian & Melonie

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