Monday, May 18, 2020

Medal of Honor Monday: George J. Hall

"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty.  Attacking across flat, open terrain under direct enemy observation, S/Sgt. Hall's company was pinned down by grazing fire from 3 enemy machine guns and harassing sniper fire.  S/Sgt. Hall volunteered to eliminate these obstacles in the path of advance.  Crawling along a plowed furrow through furious machinegun fire, he made his way to a point within hand grenade range of 1 of the enemy positions. He pounded the enemy with 4 hand grenades, and when the smoke had died away, S/Sgt. Hall and 2 dead Germans occupied the position, while 4 of the enemy were crawling back to our lines as prisoners.  Discovering a quantity of German potato-masher grenades in the position, S/Sgt. Hall engaged the second enemy nest in a deadly exchange of grenades.  Each time he exposed himself to throw a grenade the Germans fired machinegun bursts at him.  The vicious duel finally ended in S/Sgt. Hall's favor with 5 of the enemy surrendered and 5 others lay dead.  Turning his attention to the third machinegun, S/Sgt. Hall left his position and crawled along a furrow, the enemy firing frantically in an effort to halt him.  As he neared his final objective, an enemy artillery concentration fell on the area, and S/Sgt. Hall's right leg was severed by a shell burst.  With 2 enemy machine guns eliminated, his company was able to flank the third and continue its advance without incurring excessive casualties.  S/Sgt. Hall's fearlessness, his determined fighting spirit, and his prodigious combat skill exemplify the heroic tradition of the American Infantryman." 

From S/Sgt. Hall's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on April 6, 1945.

May you be at peace,
Brian & Melonie

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