Hall, Charles Philip, born 12-01-1886 in Sardis, Mississippi and attended the University of Mississippi from 1905 to 1907. He then entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned in 1911 as a second lieutenant of infantry. He served with the 20th Infantry Regiment “Sykes Regulars” until 1914, when he became an instructor in mathematics at West Point . In August 1917, he transferred to the 23rd Infantry Regiment , and then went to France for World War I. In March 1918, he became the adjutant of the 3rd Infantry Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. He served at Verdun, Chateau Thierry, at Soissons in the Marne Offensive, in the St. Mihiel sector, and at Champagne in the Aisne Offensive. Hall received the Army Distinguished Service Cross , second to the Medal of Honor, for extraordinary heroism in action at Vierzy, France on 18-07-1918. His citation read: “At a critical time in the battle, when information was difficult to obtain, Lieutenant Colonel Hall, Brigade Adjutant, volunteered to report on the fighting in Vierzy, which was then in the hands of the enemy. Accompanying a group of French tanks, he entered the town under intense fire; and, during the advance, went forward through machine-gun fire and carried to safety a wounded man. He assisted materially in maintaining organization among the troops and established a first aid station at which many wounded were cared for, returning later to Brigade Headquarters with valuable information.” In addition, Hall was awarded three silver star medals for gallantry. He also received the French Croix de Guerre for bravery on 04-10-1918, as well as the Legion of Honor. After service with the Army of Occupation until August 1919, Hall returned to the United States with the 2nd Division, remaining as brigade and then division adjutant until 1922. He served on the Infantry Board from 1922 to 1923, and was then a student at the Infantry School. From 1924 to 1925, he attended the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, where he was a distinguished graduate. He then served as an instructor at the Infantry School until 1929, when he entered the Army War College . After graduation from the Army War College in 1930, he spent two years in the Philippines. He then returned to Fort Benning as an instructor at the Infantry School from 1932 to 1937. From 1937 to 1940, he was Director of Ground Arms, Air Corps Tactical School, Maxwell Field, Alabama. In 1940, he took command of the 11th Infantry Regiment. In 1941-42, he served with the 3rd Infantry Division as assistant division commander and briefly as division commanding General. He then commanded the 93rd Infantry Division, nicknamed “The Blue Helmets” from May to October 1942. Total casualties from all regiments were 3,534 (killed-in-action 467; wounded-in-action 3,067). In October 1942, he took command of the XI Corps . He led the corps in combat in New Guinea and on Morotai. The corps then fought at Leyte and on Luzon in the Philippine Campaign, most notably in the Battle of Bataan. The Japanese lost heavily on the defense of ZigZag Pass, with more than 2.400 killed and 75 wounded. Colonel Nagayoshi escaped with about 300 men and joined other defenders farther south of the peninsula, holding out until mid-February. The 38th Infantry Division lost 270 men and had 420 wounded, while the 34th Regiment suffered 68 dead and 268 wounded. In September 1945, the corps landed at Yokohama for the initial occupation of Japan. Hall relinquished command of the corps on 15-03-1946. From March 1946 to December 1948, he served as the Director of Organization and Training on the War Department General Staff (from 1947 the Department of the Army).
Death and burial ground of Hall, Charles Philip.
He retired on 31-12-1948 and was placed on the retired list as a lLieutenant General on 01-01-1949. He died on 26-01-1953, age 67, in San Antonio, Texas, and was buried in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Close by the grave of General and commander of the 112th Infantry Regiment, nicknamed “Sixteenth Pennsylvania”, Henry Hodes and Commanding officer of the 69th Infantry Division, nickname, “Fighting 69th” , Stanley Eric Reinhardt. Casualties of this division in 86 days of combat, total battle casualties: 1.506 and deaths in battle: 384. The 69th Infantry Division uncovered Leipzig-Thekla, a subcamp of the Buchenwald concentration camp, on 19-04-1945. The camp had been established in September 1943 to supply labor for the German war effort. At its height, Leipzig-Thekla held approximately 1.400 prisoners. On 18-04-1945, the SS guards had set fire to the barracks housing some 300 inmates and shot those who attempted to escape the flames. Upon arriving at the camp, the 69th immediately began providing for the 90 to 100 survivors.