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Colonel Claude Hall was a career Army officer who earned several combat medals during World War II in the Pacific theater and during the Korean operation, including the Silver Star for Gallantry in Action, three Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart.
He also was awarded the prestigious Legion of Merit medal during peacetime.
Born in Dover, Tennessee, on March 2, 1920, he graduated from the University of Kentucky prior to being commissioned into the U.S. Army.
Claude was well-known for his ability to catch fish anywhere he wet his line.
His wife of 63 years, Fran Hall, preceded him in death on August 19, 2009. Claude and Fran were longtime residents of SunLand in Sequim.
He is survived by his son, Ron, and daughter in-law, Sharon, both of whom live in Port Angeles, along with three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Sept. 1, 2013