Bruce Hall

Specialist Four
A CO, 3RD BN, 503RD INFANTRY, 173 ABN BDE
Army of the United States
16 May 1948 - 27 December 1967
Midland, Texas
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173 ABN BDE 503RD INF RGT
Combat Infantry

Bronze Star (Valor), Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

Airborne!

The database page for Bruce Hall

24 Oct 2005

Bruce moved to Midland, Texas from Hobbs, New Mexico where he was born when he was a year old. He attended Midland schools and had completed his junior year at Midland High when he dropped out of high school to enter the Army in October 1965. He trained in infantry and completed jump school. Before he departed for Vietnam, he was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He volunteered for Vietnam and then broke his arm in a jeep accident and after healing and a 30 day leave home, he departed for Vietnam October 3, 1967. When he arrived he was immediately thrown into heavy fighting with the 503rd Infantry Regiment. He went through the Battle of Dak To which was most of the month of November 1967. Two days after Christmas 1967, he was being air lifted into a hot LZ near Tuy Hoa. He was shot to death shortly after hitting the ground.

In a letter home from Bruce which was received shortly after his death, he didn't talk about the war that much, was sending his dad $500 as a Christmas gift to be used to build a fence and in a separate envelope, he thanked his 12 younger brother for a cigarette and match that he had sent. He stated he dropped it in a cup of Koolaid but it was drying out on a rock and he would smoke it later.

He was buried in his home town of Midland, Texas in the Resthaven Cemetery. He is remembered by his family, his mother, his sister, and his younger brother, his hometown and by the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Midland, Texas. His father is now deceased. His mother still lives in the family home since 1948.

From a PBVVM representative,
Billy M. Brown



14 Jan 2006

The photos were supplied by his family. Bruce was awarded a Bronze Star with "V" Device for his actions on the day of his death.

From a PBVVM representative,
Billy M. Brown
4015 Melody Lane, Odessa, Texas 79762
bmbrown@grandecom.net

10 Jan 2008

Bruce Hall was a friend who was a classmate at Midland High School.
To this day I think of him often...

Ron (Bo) Green
Sergeant Major, Retired
U.S. Army
chasgreen1201@yahoo.com

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Alpha 3/503rd Infantry lost twelve men in the 27 Dec 1967 fight near Tuy Hoa:
  • SGT Ben Owens, Indianapolis, IN
  • SP4 Richard N. Eddy, Buffalo, NY
  • SP4 Bruce Hall, Midland, TX (Bronze Star "V")
  • CPL Ted D. Holliman, Greensboro, NC
  • CPL Michael J. Minor, Columbus, OH
  • CPL Gary R. Schwellenbach, Chico, CA, HHC w/ A/3/503 (Dist Svc Cross)
  • PFC John R. Arrington, Columbus, IN
  • PFC Francis D. Greenwood, Oxford, IN
  • PFC Mose Hegler, Magazine Point, AL
  • PFC Dan T. Klindt, Astoria, OR
  • PFC Irville J. Knox, Sturgis, MI
  • PVT Michael D. Fuller, Des Moines, IA


The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a PBVVM representative,
Billy M. Brown
4015 Melody Lane, Odessa, Texas 790762
bmbrown@grandecom.net



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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 24 Oct 2005
Last updated 03/08/2008