Pacific Wrecks
Pacific Wrecks    
  Missing In Action (MIA) Prisoners Of War (POW) Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)  
Chronology Locations Aircraft Ships Submit Info How You Can Help Donate
T/5 Lewis Hall
U.S. Army, 25th Infantry Division, 35th Infantry, Company M

Click For EnlargementBackground
Born 1895 in Bloom, Ohio. He joined the U. S. Army at Obetz, Rural Station 7 in Columbus, Ohio.

Wartime History
On January 10, 1943 at Sea Horse near Mount Austen on Guadalcanal, Lewis Hall and Sgt William Fournier rushed to man an idle machine gun. While Hall raised the gun, Fournier opened fire until both were Killed in Action (KIA). Later, both earned the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Medal of Honor Citation Posthumous
Medal of Honor"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 [William G. Fournier] 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." (G.O. No.: 28, 5 June 1943)

Contribute Information
Do you have photos or additional information to add?

  Discussion Forum Daily Updates Reviews Museums Interviews & Oral Histories  
Pacific Wrecks Inc. All rights reserved.
Donate Now Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram