9 years ago
The Multinational Force is reporting that Marine Major William G. Hall, 38 of Seattle, died of wounds suffered in combat in Anbar. He was assigned to 3rd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, Marine Air Control Group 38, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Actually, the Multinational Force appears to have his rank wrong.
Marine Lt. Col. William G. Hall, a Garfield High School and Washington State University graduate, was killed Saturday in Iraq, according to his family.
Hall, 38, who grew up in Skyway south of Seattle, is one of the highest-ranking U.S. military officers killed in the war.
Hall’s family said the husband and father of four died while riding in Fallujah in a vehicle that struck a roadside bomb. He was on his third deployment there, having arrived in February, and had been promoted to his new rank a month ago.
Hall’s wife and mother first learned in a phone call from the Marine Corps that he was in surgery after being injured. Later, two supportive Marine casualty-notification officers arrived at their door and they knew.
My heart goes out to the Hall family. This visit by casualty-notification officers is one I awaited late at night for many sleepless nights, and thankfully didn’t get. My thoughts frequently run to Fallujah – a place I have never been.
While Lt. Col. Hall cannot be brought back, the Marines can do something to prevent this from happening again. Only a single IED exploded in Fallujah during the deployment of the 2/6 Marines, early in the summer of 2007. After that … no more.
It’s time for the Marines in Anbar to make a statement in Fallujah and reinforce the idea that such things will not be tolerated. Ever.