Posted - 11/16/2011 : 2:52:20 PM
| Monroe soldier, injured in Afghanistan, dies 11/16/2011 1:32 PM
By Justin McClelland
MONROE —A Monroe High School grad who was injured while serving in the Army in Afghanistan died Friday.
James Edward “Jimmy” Hall Jr., 27, died in his sleep Friday in Miamisburg while visiting relatives. Hall was injured in Afghanistan in May by an IED, said his grandfather Lloyd Taylor, of Miamisburg.
“Jimmy always wanted to be in the military,” Taylor said. “His father was a Marine and he wanted to follow in his footsteps. He loved his country and wanted to protect it.”
Hall, who grew up in Middletown, graduated from Monroe High School in 2003. Shortly after graduation, he joined the Army, where he rose to the rank of Specialist in the Infantry.
He had previously served a year in Iraq, Taylor said, and was in the 10th month of his year-long deployment to Afghanistan when he was injured.
“His squad was climbing a hill and they stopped near the top because it was hot and everyone’s goggles were steaming over,” Taylor said.
He said that his grandson was sitting on a rock and reached for something when the IED exploded.
“He told me the next thing he knew, he was 45 feet down in the shrubbery,” Taylor said.
Hall received facial burns and shrapnel in his chest and returned to the U.S. to recover. While recuperating at Fort Campbell, Ky., he was finally able to meet his 6-month-old son Aiden James Hall.
Hall continued to suffer from chest pains and headaches, Taylor said.
While autopsy results have not been released, Taylor said doctors speculated Hall died from a blood clot or strain on his heart.
Hall received several awards while serving, including the Purple Heart. He was a certified electrician and was working towards a forensic investigation degree from the University of Maryland.
Besides his son, Hall leaves behind his wife, Laura (Sarich) Hall, his mother Carla, of Miamisburg, grandparents Lloyd and Bette Taylor and several other relatives. His father, James Hall Sr., a former Middletown police officer, is deceased.
“He was a fun guy to be around,” Taylor said. “He was great in sports and always friendly.”
A visitation for Hall will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home in Middletown. Hall will be buried at the Butler County Memorial Park.
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