Hal Francis McCullough
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YOUNGSVILLE - Our dear father and grandfather passed away with family by his side on May 29, 2013 at the age of 92. Hal was born December 2, 1920 near Gober, TX in Fannin County to Philip Adair McCullough and Nancy "Pauline" Morrison McCullough. He married Johanna Elinor Amoroso on July 30, 1948. Hal is preceded in death by his parents, sister Ruth McCullough Shaw, oldest son Mark Kevin McCullough and son-in-law F. Jefferson Millican, Sr. Hal is survived by his wife Johanna, son Scott Matthew McCullough and wife Karen Gunnell McCullough of Youngsville, LA, son Robin Luke McCullough and wife Jeri Riester McCullough of Baton Rouge and one daughter Jackie Suarez Millican of Jennings, LA. Also survived by 7 grandsons, 1 granddaughter and 10 great-grandchildren.
Hal graduated from Adamson High School in Dallas, TX in 1939. He entered Louisiana State University on a football scholarship in the fall of 1941. Hal enlisted in the Air Corps of the United States Army on April 11, 1942 and served his country through October 23, 1945. Hal became a 1st Lieutenant and was the Lead Bombardier of the 873rd Bomb Squad, 498th Bombardment Group. In combat, Hal was part of the air offensive of Japan and flew 35 missions, earned the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with four Bronze Stars, one Service Bar, Purple Heart and Commendation for one of the most effective single squadron missions of WWII. Upon returning to Baton Rouge, Hal graduated from LSU in 1948. He was a real estate broker, land developer and builder in the Baton Rouge and Ascension parish area for many years. An avid hunter and fisherman, he also enjoyed sports and coaching over the years. Hal was a friend to everyone he met and he deeply loved his family. A private memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Published in the The Advertiser on June 2, 2013