David Colin Hall
David grew up in the Hanson-Whitman area of Massachusetts, where he attended Whitman High School, graduating with the class of 1960. While he was a student at Whitman, David was active in athletics, playing on his school's football and track teams.
After high school, David went to Cornell University, where he was a member of the University's track team. David graduated from Cornell in 1964 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U. S. Army.
Upon completion of his officer basic course, David attended the Army's Officer's Rotary Wing Aviator Course and became a U. S. Army helicopter pilot when he completed that course at Fort Rucker, Alabama, graduating with Fight School Class of 66-20.
After flight training Lt. Hall was assigned to the 191st Assault Helicopter Company, Fort Bragg, North Carolina and in May of 1967, David deployed to Vietnam with the 191st.
Around noon on 29 August 1967, a UH-1D helicopter, tail number 65-10018 departed Blackhorse to recover another downed ship. The weather was bad and while attempting to return to home station, the aircraft entered a cloud bank. No further contact was made with the aircraft and a search conducted. The aircraft was missing. The aircraft and the bodies of the men were later recovered and their status changed from missing to dead on November 20, 1967.
The six (6) men killed when their helicopter crashed were:
1LT David Colin Hall was survived by his wife Janet Ellis (Stevens) 1942-1984) Hall and daughter Michelle of Whitman; his parents, Emily Solveig (Olsen) (1911-1983) and Ralph Edmund Hall, Jr (1906-1970), brother Albert William Hall (1934-2008), and sister Sally (2008-Gilford NH). David was preceded in death by his sister Elizabeth "Betty" May Hall (1932-1951).
He is buried, along with his brother Albert, in Fern Hill Cemetery, Hanson, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. His wife Janet was buried near her father in Hillcrest Cemetery, Plympton, Massachusetts.
In 2013, the town of Hanson voice vote approved that the Hanson Commuter Train Station be renamed in David's honor. The documentation that went before the Town Hall Meeting read:
"Lt David C Hall was born and raised in the town of Hanson, on the family farm which is now the site of the Hanson rail station. The Hall family was well known throughout the town of Hanson as during World War II, the Hall farm supplied South Hanson with poultry, eggs, and fresh vegetables during the war."
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