In Memory of
U.S. Army Private Gettysburg, South Dakota
Potter County

February 18, 1925 – May 16, 1951
Died non-battle in Paegyangchi, Korea

Harry Richard Hall (Dick) was born at home, in Artichoke Township, near Gettysburg, South Dakota, on February 18, 1925 to Leon E. and Susie J. (Barr) Hall. He had four brothers, George, Orin, Alvin, and Floyd, and four sisters, Dora, Catherine, Lavone, and Emma. Dick attended country school as a child, and graduated from Gettysburg High School in 1943. He farmed with his father and brother George until entering the service. Dick is described as being full of life, and not afraid to take chances.

Private Harry R. Hall was inducted into the army on September 18, 1950. He trained at Camp Carson, Colorado. On March 1, 1951, he was sent to Japan from Fort Lawton, Washington, and on the 29th of March 1951, he found himself in Korea.

Private Dick Hall was a member of Company A, 3rd Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. On the night of May 16, 1951, Private Hall was in his foxhole near Paegyangchi, Korea, when a comrade mistook him for the enemy, and accidentally fired his rifle into the foxhole, killing him. The body of Private Harry Richard Hall arrived at Selby, South Dakota, on November 20, 1951. Funeral interment was at the Gettysburg Cemetery on November 21, 1951. Because of Richard’s death, his brother, Alvin, who was also in the service, was reassigned to the United States instead of being sent to Korea.

Pvt. Harry Richard Hall was awarded the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean War Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Harry’s sister, Catherine Wahle, wrote a poem on behalf of the family in memory of their brother:

Aleesa Nicole Fedt, 7th grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, April 21, 2004, respectfully submitted this entry. Carmen Thomas, Gettysburg, South Dakota, niece of Pvt. Harry Richard Hall; Lavone Fox, Ontario, Oregon; Emma Rettig, Ontario, Oregon; Dora Walters, Pierre, South Dakota; and Catherine Wahle, Custer, South Dakota, sisters to Pvt. Hall, provided the information. Profile approval by Hall family.