Hattiesburg veterans remember Vietnam POW Hall as "humble hero"

Published: Feb. 19, 2014 at 11:36 PM CST
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Veterans Ken Smith (center) and Ted Tibbett look at a marker honoring Col. George Robert Hall...
Veterans Ken Smith (center) and Ted Tibbett look at a marker honoring Col. George Robert Hall at the Hattiesburg Veterans Memorial Park.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg veterans are remembering a courageous Hub City Vietnam War POW as a "humble hero" who served his nation well as both an Air Force officer and a civic leader. Those veterans say Col. George Robert Hall will be missed by all who knew him.

Hall died Sunday at the State Veterans Home in Collins at the age of 83.

Hall was a reconnaissance pilot who was shot down over North Vietnam in 1965 and was a prisoner of war for 7 1/2 years.

After the war, he was a successful businessman and community leader and was instrumental in the building of Hattiesburg's Veterans Memorial Park in 1984.

"He's responsible for raising the majority of the money that built this Hattiesburg Veterans Park," said Ted Tibbett, a veteran and friend of Col. Hall. "He never forgot his fellow veterans, he always worked for the veterans community, but he worked for other causes as well," he said.

"He didn't talk the talk, he lived it," said Ken Smith, another veteran and friend. "And people can see that and they understand it, whereas, other cases, there's a lot of talk, but no action. That wasn't George Hall," he said.

Visitation for Col. Hall will be Thursday night from 5-8 p.m. at Moore Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Main Street United Methodist Church with burial to follow at Oak Lawn Cemetery.

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