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First Name: Lewis

Last Name: Hall

Birthplace: Bloom, OH, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Obetz, OH
Middle Name: R.

Date of Birth: 02 March 1895

Date of Death: 10 January 1943

Rank: Technician Fifth Grade

Years Served:
Lewis R. Hall

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Lewis R. Hall
Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
World War II

Technician Fifth Grade Lewis R. Hall (2 March 1895 - 10 January 1943) was a U.S. Army soldier who was posthumously awarded the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in World War II.

Lewis R. Hall was born on 2 March 1895 in Bloom, OH. He joined the Army from Obetz, OH. On 10 January 1943, he was serving as a Technician Fifth Grade in Company M, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. During a Japanese attack 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.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, Company M, 35th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division.

Place and date: Mount Austen, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 10 January 1943.

Citation: 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.

Death and Burial

Technician Fifth Grade Lewis R. Hall was killed in action on 10 January 1943. He is buried at Glen Rest Memorial Estate in Reynoldsburg, OH.

Honoree ID: 1420   Created by: MHOH




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