HALL, GEORGE ROBERT
RIP  02/16/2014
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Name: George Robert Hall
Rank/Branch: O3/United States Air Force, pilot
Unit: 15th TRS
Date of Birth: 18 June 1930
Home City of Record: Hattiesburg MS
Date of Loss: 27 Spetember 1965
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 201600N 1055900E
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Category:
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: RF101
Missions: 196
Other Personnel in Incident: none
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK 06 September 1996 from one or more of the
following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with
POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews.
REMARKS: 021273 RELEASED BY DRV
SOURCE: WE CAME HOME  copyright 1977
Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor
P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602
Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and
spelling errors).
GEORGE R. HALL
Colonel - United States Air Force
Shot Down: September 27, 1965
Released: February 12, 1973
Born: 18 June 1930 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Parents: Judge and Mrs. Stanton A. Hall of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Wife:    The former Patsy Jane Stanley of Waco, Texas.
Married: 8 October 1955.
Children: Robert Stanton (25 November 1956), Laura Diane (27 November 1961),
Steven Douglas (15 February 1963).
Biography: Class of 1948, Hattiesburg High School. Attended "Ole Miss" one
year, 1948-1949. Class of 1953, US Naval Academy, Commissioned 2/LT. USAF, 2
June 1953. Pilot Training, 1953-1954. James Connally AFB, Texas, 1954-1958.
Lowry AFB, Colorado, 1958-1962. Kadena AB, Okinawa, 1962-1965.
My RF-101 was shot down by ground fire and I was captured on 27 September
1965. I was released on 12 February, 1973 and now reside at Hattiesburg,
Mississippi with my wife and children.  I will attend the Air War College at
Maxwell AFB, Alabama, and continue my Air Force Career.
Message: My thanks to all Americans who were concerned for us. My thanks
to all who prayed for me, wore my bracelet, or just quietly supported our
government. We were not told by the North Vietnamese of how you cared about
us, but somehow we felt it, and this support gave us courage and strength. The
genuine happiness and relief I saw in the faces of the people who greeted us
upon our return to freedom, was the greatest emotional experience of my life.
It renewed my patriotic spirit and now motivates me to continue to serve my
country as a military man. My special thanks to our Commander-in-Chief,
President Nixon, for his strength which brought us home with honor.
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George Hall retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He and
his wife Pat reside in Mississippi. Col. Hall has been extemely active with
the Air Force ROTC program at the University of Southern Mississippi
{located in Hattiesburg} (a.k.a. Southern Miss), and especially Detachment
432. In 1999, one of the cadets, Stephen Mathews, was rebuilding the
detachment's website honoring our POW/MIAs and the former POW their
detachment is named after, Col. George Hall.  In this era of "marginal
military" it is a very good feeling to know they have such a wonderful
mentor and teacher. We know these cadets will take their next steps fully
aware of our nation's past, and remembering all who have gone before them.
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11/2005
Hattiesburg POW Pens His First Novel
Pine Belt resident and former prisoner of war George Hall debuts his story
in writing.
Hall and his co-author wife, Pat, attended a book signing today at Forrest
General's Health Management Connection. The book entitled, "Commitment to
Honor" details Hall's experience as a prisoner of war for more than seven
years in Vietnam......

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10/01/2011
Hall is deserving of Air Force honors
Hattiesburg American
The image of his circumstances came to mind every day to all of those 250 people 
who wore his POW bracelet distributed in Hattiesburg by the cadets in ...
 
02/16/2014
George Hall passed away this morning.  
Prayers for the Hall family.
***FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR *
*COLONEL GEORGE ROBERT HALL*

Visitation - Thursday, February 20, 2014, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Moore 
Funeral Home

Funeral - Friday, February 21, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., at Main Street 
United Methodist Church
Main Street United Methodist Church| 712 North Main Street| Hattiesburg| 
MS| 39401
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http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140218/NEWS/302180032/Vietnam-veteran-POW-George-Robert-Hall-dies-83

Vietnam veteran, POW George Robert Hall dies at 83

.....A Vietnam War veteran, who endured one of the longest captivities as a prisoner of war in American history, has died.

Retired Air Force Col. George Robert Hall succumbed Sunday to his 20-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 83.

“He was just a great American. He was just a strong, strong individual,” said his brother Sam Hall of Hattiesburg, a retired golfer. “You couldn’t survive seven and one-half years as a prisoner of war and 20 years with that disease and not be a strong person.”

George Robert Hall, who graduated from Hattiesburg High School in 1948, spent 7 ˝ years (from 1965 to 1973) as a prisoner of war of the North Vietnamese army, after his plane was shot down during a reconnaissance mission......

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Marine Corps Times Article

 

      From GS:

I received a call from the 50th FTS sq (I commanded) CC telling me of the fly over. They were very proud of being a part of it.  G

Funeral Article with Video 

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