HALL, MAX KEITH, Corporal, # 37330745, U.S. Army

 

Max K. Hall was born on 4 January 1921 in Kanorado, Sherman Co., Kansas, to Charles Ray Hall (1886-1970) (MO) and Jessie Loretta (Douglass) Hall (1890-1982) (CO) (married 1908). Siblings included Ruby Allegra (Hall) Conarty (1910-1987), Ray Madison Hall (1911-1913), Ila Jane (Hall) Walker (1913-1978), Charles Wayne Hall (1916-1997), Chester Franklin Hall (1918-2001), and Eugene Laverne Hall (1922-2004).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 February 1942, employed by C.R. Hall, and described himself as 5’6”, 155 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. After enlisting, he was trained at the Quartermaster School, Ft. Lee, Virginia. He was sent overseas to India. On 29 October 1943 a C-47 Skytrain, # 41-38702, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st Troop Transport Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on a food supply drop mission in Burma and crashed into a mountainside. All aboard were killed. The last to have radio contact was SSgt Ison (NMI) Olant, 32323214. USAAF Capt. Ferie A. Larson, Operations Officer, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, reported that he flew a search sortie and found “it crashed and burning about 200 yards below target # 3 at 95° 50’ East, 27° 05’ North. Observation revealed a mechanical failure caused a forced landing in the wash just under the target, which has vicious down-drafts. There were no survivors. An investigation by ground was requested. Fire consumed all but the wing tips and the tail. Adjutant Capt. Coy T. Sevier wrote that the transport approached due West following the valley into the field and began to climb but an engine failed. The pilot banked left sharply to his left. The left wing hit trees which caused the C-47 to swing and fall into the jungle. An observer noticed an engine burst on several seconds before the crash. A ground team reached the crash site but could do little because of intense heat from burning gas. No survivors were found. Eight bodies were found in the wreckage but were unidentifiable. The bodies were buried at the crash site and marked. After recovery from Burma, crew remains were buried (Box, Haut, Montisano, Phillips, and Rigney) in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky on 8 November 1949 (Sec. E, Graves 195-196). After recovery, his remains and those of 1stLt Lyndon O. Raff were buried in a group casket ceremony in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Lincoln Co., Nebraska (Sec. R, Grave 32).

 

His brother, Eugene L. Hall, served in the USAAF, Staff Sergeant, during WWII from 27 October 1942 to 10 October 1945. He died on 14 July 2004 and is buried in the Goodland Cemetery, Goodland, Sherman Co., Kansas (Cem. 2, Block 8).