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CMOHS.org - Lieutenant, Junior Grade HALL, WILLIAM E., U.S. Navy

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HALL, WILLIAM E.

Rank: Lieutenant, Junior Grade
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 31 October 1913, Storrs, Utah
Departed: Yes
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Accredited To: Utah
Place / Date: Coral Sea, 7 and 8 May 1942
 
 


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Citation

For extreme courage and conspicuous heroism in combat above and beyond the call of duty as pilot of a scouting plane in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Coral Sea on 7 and 8 May 1942. In a resolute and determined attack on 7 May, Lt. (j.g.) Hall dived his plane at an enemy Japanese aircraft carrier, contributing materially to the destruction of that vessel. On 8 May, facing heavy and fierce fighter opposition, he again displayed extraordinary skill as an airman and the aggressive spirit of a fighter in repeated and effectively executed counterattacks against a superior number of enemy planes in which 3 enemy aircraft were destroyed. Though seriously wounded in this engagement, Lt. (j.g.) Hall, maintaining the fearless and indomitable tactics pursued throughout these actions, succeeded in landing his plane safe.