Photo #: NH 106210-A
Lieutenant Commander William E. Hall, USNR
Photographed circa 1944-1945.
Lieutenant (Junior Grade) William E. Hall was awarded the Medal of Honor for "extreme courage and conspicuous heroism" while serving as a Pilot of a Scouting Plane in action against Japanese forces in the Battle of the Coral Sea, 7 and 8 May 1942. Contributing to the destruction of the Japanese aircraft carrier Shoho on 7 May, he waged counterattacks the next day on a superior number of enemy planes, shooting down three enemy aircraft. Although Hall was seriously wounded during this mission, he remained in flight and safely landed his plane.
He was then serving with Scouting Squadron TWO, based on board USS Lexington (CV-2).
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
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Image Posted 4 November 2008