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WALTER LOUIS HALL


is honored on Panel 2E, Line 5 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Never forget my Dad

    Posted on 11/18/17 - by Sean P. Hall olddochall@gmail.com
    Thanks to all of my Dad's friends who have gotten me to know him through stories and remembrances. I can only hope I have become the person he would have been proud of.
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  • Final Mission of LT Walter L. Hall

    Posted on 6/28/15 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On May 25, 1965, Special Forces Detachment A-342 was airlanded at Dong Xoai, a district capital of Phuoc Long Province, through which the Viet Cong supply lifeline from Cambodia into War Zone D tracked. The Special Forces Detachment, together with Navy Seabees, built a camp and among other duties, assumed the MACV subsector role for Don Luan district. Intermittent Viet Cong mortar rounds lobbed into the new camp, and were considered only the usual harassment, but sightings of large VC formations nearing the town increased. At 2310 hours on the night of June 9, CIDG teams around the camp's perimeter were silenced by the 762nd and 763rd VC Regiments. There was no opportunity to warn the camp, and only a few survived. At 2330, the camp was heavily mortared, and came under a heavy ground assault. The camp was overrun, and most of the CIDG and LLDB withdrew. At the camp, 2LT Charles Q. Williams, seriously wounded, was directing the defense of the compound with singular valor and would later be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions at Dong Xoai. Before South Vietnamese relief forces could arrive, a team of advisors was sent in from Than Son Nhut, where MACV was headquartered. The team was aboard a UH-1B helicopter from the 188th Aviation Company flown by LT Walter L. Hall. The crew consisted of co-pilot WO Donald R. Saegaert, crew chief SSGT Joseph J. Compa Jr., and gunner SGT Craig L. Hagen. The advisors from MACV Special Detachment 5891 were medic SSGT Robert L. Curlee and advisors CAPT Bruce G. Johnson and SFC Fred M. Owens. When the helicopter was disembarking troops on a plantation landing zone, it came under heavy mortar and small arms fire. The helicopter took off and started a climbing turn. Upon clearing some buildings left of the landing zone, the helicopter went into uncontrolled flight and in crashing, skidded into some parked vehicles and burst into flames. A circling pilot immediately established radio contact with Johnson, who stated that he was standing by the downed helicopter, and that the crew and other two advisors with him were dead. He reported that the situation was very bad - not to send anyone else in. Johnson stated that he was under heavy fire, and two mortar shells were subsequently seen to land in his vicinity. A subsequent search of the crash site was conducted when the area was resecured (on June 15), but no American remains were found, nor was Johnson seen. Villagers in the area reported that an American had been captured on that day, but no verifiable information has surfaced since that time. Villagers also stated that the Viet Cong had carried away the bodies of 7 Americans and had buried them. A captured Viet Cong film entitled "Dong Xoai in Flames" pictured the bodies of five or six Americans as well as several crashed helicopters. One of these helicopters bore the serial number 38557. The name tag "Owens" and the last two letters of another name tag, "ll" (possibly Hall's) are shown in the film, lending some more credence to the report that the Viet Cong took possession of the aircraft and that all aboard were killed. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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  • Remembering an American Hero

    Posted on 6/10/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

    Dear Captain Walter Louis Hall, sir



    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.



    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.



    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir



    Curt Carter


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  • If I should die...remembrances for CAPT. Walter Louis HALL, USA...who made the ultimate sacrifice!!!

    Posted on 9/19/11 - by
    If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils b y the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchnace, may therein comfort you.
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  • Friendship Remembered

    Posted on 2/26/07 - by Sara M. Lounsbury lounsburysal@msn.com
    We were just kids. Walter lived in Old Town, Maine. I, Sally Flynn, lived in Orono. I lived by his wonderful Grampa, "Old Dr. Hall." Walter was a frequent and most welcome visitor to the neighborhood. We played with the Glanville boys and with all the kids who happened by. We played all the wild games of youth. Hide and Seek 'til way after dark. Scary as anything, Walter made sure it was scary. In the summertime we would sit under the bridge, sometimes fishing, sometimes just watching the river rage past. We talked, endlessly, about everything under the sun. I got an extensive early education from Walter. He was so smart, and "worldly." To me, my friend Walter seemed to possess vast knowledge of just about everything. I can remember like it was yesterday, some of our discussions. His take on things was fascinating to me. His sense of humor was priceless, sometimes a wee bit naughty, but always fun.

    Walter had an enormous heart. He was infinitely kind. My Family had suffered a tragic loss. Walter took it upon himself to get me up and running again. He was directly responsible in getting me on the road to emotional healing and recovery. He hung in there with me until I learned how to laugh again.

    When word came that Walter was lost, it seemed incomprensible. Walter was bigger than life. I have remembered him for a lifetime. I have been twice to the Wall in D.C. I went in search of my Friend.

    Walter Hall was an amazing human being. He loved life so much. He lived with such intensity, even as a boy! He touched our lives. For me, His impact was profound.

    I have cherished my memories of Walter all of these years, and will for the rest of my life hold them dear. I will never forget him. Walter Hall was my Friend.



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