HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg veterans community said a final farewell Friday to a former prisoner of war in Vietnam who was held captive for 7 1/2 years, before returning to the Hub City to become a respected businessman and dedicated civic leader.
Many veterans, along with family and friends, attended funeral services at Main Street United Methodist Church for Col. George Robert Hall. He was a former Air Force pilot who was shot down over North Vietnam in 1965. He was released in 1973.
He was buried with full military honors at nearby Oaklawn Cemetery.
The Air Force also saluted Hall by flying a "missing man formation" over the cemetery.
"He was just what you saw is what you got," said Hall's brother Sam Hall. "He was just a true, true person and he always welcomed everybody and he never met a stranger and he was just a real good guy all around," he said.
"Col. Hall when he returned home, became a very community-minded leader," said George Herrington, a friend and fellow veteran. "And he drafted other Air Force personnel into the community to be actively engaged," he said.
Col. Hall died last Sunday at the State Veterans Home in Collins. He was 83.