Soldier Honored: William G. Hall
Branch of Service: Marine Corps
Major William G. Hall, 38, of Seattle, Wash., was assigned to the 3rd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, Marine Air Control Group 38, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif., and served during Operation Iraqi Freedom. On March 30, 2008, Maj. Hall was killed while conducting combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq.
A 1987 graduate of Garfield High School, Maj. Hall earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Washington State University in 1992 and earned a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in 2006. While at WSU, he enrolled in the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps, and later enlisted in the Marines.
Maj. Hall had a wisdom, a maturity beyond his years that enabled him to provide sound counsel to his elders and, at the same time, guide those far younger than himself. According to his family, this was Maj. Hall’s second deployment to Iraq, where he was training Iraqi troops to take over the duties of American soldiers. And, while he didn’t try to downplay the danger he faced, Maj. Hall also spoke of the good things happening.
“He could be having a conversation with me and then my 10-year-old niece could walk in the room and he’d capture her like he’d just captured me,” said Maj. Hall’s eldest sister. “He could talk to anyone. He was just that kind of person.”
One of Maj. Hall’s daughters is a Folds of Honor Scholarship recipient.