Richard Hall Jr. was a U.S. Air Force veteran who served with the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II.
- Details of death: Died at the age of 97.
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A career in the military
Hall served his country during World War II as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen in the 332nd Fighter Group. The Tuskegee Airmen were renowned Black pilots and support staff in the U.S. Army Air Forces, and Hall worked as a mechanic at Ramitelli Airfield in Italy. After World War II, Hall pursued a career in the Air Force, the branch that grew from the Army’s Air Forces. He served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War before retiring in 1973 as a Chief Master Sergeant. A life-sized statue of Hall was erected in his longtime home of Winter Park, Florida, at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center.
“Colonel [Benjamin O.] Davis had us in the theater, the officers and senior enlisted. He said, ‘We’re going to integrate and go to the four corners of the world.’” —Hall speaking at an Orlando concert in his honor in 2012
Tributes to Richard Hall Jr.
Full obituary: WESH