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Richard Hall Jr., Tuskegee Airman

by Linnea Crowther

Richard Hall Jr. was a U.S. Air Force veteran who served with the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II.

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.

Notable quote

“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

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Tributes to Richard Hall Jr.

Full obituary: WESH

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