Lewis Hall

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Lewis R. Hall
Born (1895-03-02)March 2, 1895
Bloom, Ohio
Died January 10, 1943(1943-01-10) (aged 47)
Mount Austen, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Place of burial Glen Rest Memorial Estate, Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Technician Fifth Grade
Unit 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Medal of Honor

Lewis R. Hall (March 2, 1895 – January 10, 1943) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II.

Biography[edit]

Hall joined the Army from Obetz, Ohio, and by January 10, 1943 was serving as a technician fifth grade in Company M, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. During a Japanese attack on that day, at Mount Austen, Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands, he refused an order to withdraw after many men in his unit had been killed or wounded and, with fellow soldier Sergeant William G. Fournier, stayed behind to man a machine gun. Hall was killed at the gun, while Fournier was badly wounded and died three days later. Both men were posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on June 5, 1943.

Hall, aged 47 at his death, was buried in Glen Rest Memorial Estate, Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Technician Fifth Grade Hall's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

For gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. As leader of a machinegun 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 guncrew 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 machinegun 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.

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