James Oscar Hall, Jr

Private First Class
D CO, 1ST RECON BN, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
02 May 1949 - 21 June 1969
Vista, California
Panel 22W Line 105

1ST MARDIV

1ST RECON BN
Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for James Oscar Hall, Jr

5 Oct 2004

As we search the Wall - we have another
D-company 1st Recon Bn Marine.
Too many young men with high hopes and
dreams. What could have been for so many
stopped too soon in life.
We of 1st Recon Bn remember all of
our brothers lost too soon in life.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Marine helicopter squadron HMM-165 (CH-46D aircraft) was tasked with a recon insert mission approximately 22 miles WNW of DaNang. The landing zone was prepped heavily prior to commencement of a spiral approach. The helicopter (CH-46D BuNo 154811) was brought into a brief hover. Heavy small arms fire was received prior to anyone exiting the aircraft and the insertion was aborted. During climb out a loud explosion occurred aft of the cockpit area. The aircraft pitched extreme nose up and rolled slowly right to a somewhat inverted position with no control input response. It crashed and burned.

Eight men died in the crash:

  • 1stLt W L Peters, Jr., pilot (HMM-165) (Navy Cross, Silver Star)
  • LCpl P E Petroline, crew chief (HMM-165)
  • Recon Team Members
Additional information is available on the
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The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a fellow Marine from D Company, 1st Recon Bn,
Randy Kendall
1078 Calico Jack Circle Cud Joe Key Florida 33042
Tkendall1@aol.com 
5 Oct 2004



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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 10/05/2004