On the morning of April 10, 2009 a convoy of military vehicles left their safety of FOB Merez to conduct a mission in the town of Mosul, Iraq. What was supposed to be a routine mission turned deadly. An oncoming suicide bomber was loaded with explosives and detonated near the last military vehicle in the convoy, killing all five soldiers.
The five killed were SFC Bryan E. Hall, SGT Edward W. Forrest Jr., SSG Gary L. Woods, CPL Jason Pautsch, PFC Bryce E. Gautier. SFC Hall was attached to 1ST Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. This marked the most catastrophic single loss to the 2nd Brigade in 2009.
SFC Bryan E. Hall
SFC Hall was a 14 year Veteran of the US Army and he was on his first deployment during the war. SFC Hall had many awards and commendations, some of which included Purple Heart, Bronze Star, 3 Army Commendation Medal, 8 Army Achievement Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Air Assault Badge and that of US Army Ranger.
Bryan was married to Rachel and they have one daughter, Addison. His parents are John and Betty Hall and sister, Kristi Lynne-Hall Donelli. The loss of Bryan was devastating to his family, friends and the community as a whole. Bryan was a great man who stood for honor and freedom for our country. He is missed everyday and his spirit lives on through his daughter Addison.
“While Bryan’s life was short, he had known a life that most men long for – faith, shared the love of woman he adored, he knew the joys of fatherhood, he was doing a job he loved, and he had hunted and fished all over the United States. His life had been full. He was an amazing man!” ~Betty Hall (Mom)
After 2 straight days of Making Warrior Wishes come true at the Raiders & 49ers games, My dad made his way over to AT&T Park to honor the legacy of SFC Bryan E. Hall & host surviving family members at the Giants game in his honor thanks to our friends at Virgin America.
My dad will be flying back to Chicago tomorrow morning to catch an overnight bus to Kansas City to make Warrior Wishes Come True at the Chiefs game Thursday night for the 3rd game of our “All32in17” mission.
SAVE THE DATE!
APRIL 9th, 2016
Join the Hall family at their 7th annual “Walk to Remember SFC Bryan E Hall.” All proceeds from the walk will be split between the Bryan E. Hall Memorial Scholarship and an education fund established for SFC Hall’s seven-year old daughter, Addison. The goal is to get 1000 participants, register to walk here!