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Marine honored on Flag Day for service in World War II

After receiving the new flag, veteran Louis Hall and the presenting officer salute each other. Photo by Jason Puhr/WWMT.

In celebration of Flag Day a local club went above and beyond the call of duty to honor a war veteran for his service more than seven decades ago.

The Delton Rotary Club held a tribute this morning to say thank you to Marine Louis Hall who served in WWII. He was awarded a new American flag and given a round of applause by those in attendance.

"It's pretty sacred," Hall said about the flag. "A lot of guys died to preserve it. A lot of people I went to school with. A lot of people I served with have died to protect it."

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Hall joined the Marine Corps at the age of 17, one day after his birthday in 1942. He trained in San Diego and was shipped to New Zealand where he joined the 2nd Marine Division and was sent to Guadalcanal in November of 1942. There he contracted malaria.

"I felt faint and I passed out stiff as a board," Hall said. "I got malaria and came back. Then went over again to Okinawa, and I was a scout and observer there."

Hall was sent to Okinawa for operations that started on April 1 to June 22, 1945. It was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific Theater of World War II and the last major battle of the Pacific operations.

Members of the Delton Rotary Club said Hall has been a member for 20 years. Organizer Jim Alden felt Flag Day was the perfect time to thank Hall with a ceremony.

"It's becoming more and more important because those veterans are not here anymore. There are very few of them," Alden said. "An awful lot of them were left on the beaches, and they died."

Hall lives in Battle Creek in a VA assisted living home. He has six children.

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