The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, Tech5 Lewis R. Hall, who died in the service of his country on January 10th, 1943 in vic. Mount Austen, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death Lewis was 47 years of age. He was from Bloom, Ohio.
The decorations earned by Tech5 Lewis R. Hall include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.
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 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.
Lewis is buried in the Glenrest Memorial Estates in Columbus, OH.