70th Anniversary – Earle Boitnott Hall
Today in 1941, Earle Boitnott Hall, Aviation Machinist’s Mate, Second Class, was KIA in the Philippines – four days after his 22nd birthday.
The USS Earle B. Hall (APD-107) was comissioned in his honor on May 15, 1945.
Citation for the posthumous awarding of the Air Medal for Earle Boitnott Hall:
“For meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight as a member of a Patrol Plane crew during action against enemy Japanese forces at the Island of Jolo, Sulu, Philippine Islands, December 27, 1941. Taking part in a vigorous and aggressive attack on Japanese naval forces and shore installations.
Hall, although severely wounded, persisted in the performance of his duty and, by his courage and skill under fire, contributed materially to the success of this operation. He gallantly gave up his life in the service of his country.”
Images courtesy of www.earlebhall.com.