PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JOHN THOMAS HALL, 22, of 331 Woodland Avenue, Haddonfield NJ, was killed in action on December 25, 1944 while serving with an airborne unit in the ETO. Hall was the son of Joseph M. and Edith A. Hall. His father was the director of the Camden County Vocational and Technical School, on Browning Road in Pennsauken NJ. As a youth he was an active member of Boy Scout Troop in No. 112 in Collingswood NJ, and was a member of the Haddonfield Presbyterian Church. A 1942 graduate of Haddonfield High School, where he was on the football, baseball, and swimming teams, John Hall attended classes at Springfield College in Springfield MA, where he participated in football and lacrosse.
John T. Hall enlisted in the Army Reserve in December of 1942, and was called to active duty April 4, 1943. After basic training, Private Hall served on the Presidential Honor Guard at Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Hyde Park, NY residence, before his request for a transfer to a paratroops unit was granted. After receiving training at Fort Benning GA and at Camp McCall NC, he went overseas as a member of the 101st Airborne in May, 1944, and parachuted into France on D-Day.
John Thomas Hall was killed in action near Bastogne, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge, on Christmas Day, December 25, 1944.
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