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GMaof3Hornets
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Posted - 11/16/2011 :  2:52:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Monroe soldier, injured in Afghanistan, dies 11/16/2011 1:32 PM

By Justin McClelland

Staff Writer

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.

Contact this reporter at (513) 696-4544 or jmcclelland@coxohio.com.

GMaof3Hornets
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Posted - 11/16/2011 :  2:54:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

My thoughts and prayers goes out to his families.
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zapp2525
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Posted - 11/16/2011 :  3:13:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

RIP
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John Beagle
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Posted - 11/16/2011 :  3:17:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit John Beagle's Homepage  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

How sad. I hope everyone understands that Jimmy gave up his life to protect our way of life. God Bless Jimmy and his family and friends.

Thoughts and prayers

Dead Soldiers Prayer.
by ~TuefelHundenIV

Ne'er more shall we see the clear blue sky.
Nor shall we see the grass so green.
A single sound is all we get now.
The sound of pipes for our souls do cry.

Hear the call to the great beyond.
At last to rest far from home.
For the last of us the brave and true.
Rembering thoughts now long gone.

Ne'er again shall we have to be so pained.
For now we go to heavens gate.
Honor guards of angels stand.
Our souls are clean and ne'er again stained.

Fear not wee ones we watch over ye' eternal.
From the heavens above forever.
Guardians of the true and gentle heart.
Fending your souls agaisnt the infernal.

Remember us behind a veil of tears.
Ne'er more shall we see the golden sun.
For now we have where its eternally spring.
Our souls beyond the pains and fears.

Weep ye not for our pities sake.
Pain and strife follow us not.
Suffering eternal is not fer us.
Steel your souls that it may ne'er break.

Brave souls like ours die one death.
The screams of terror belong not to us.
Shed no tears for that horrid sound.
That is the cowards shame in a breath.

Now remember us all in your deepest prayer.
Ne'er more shall we leave this place.
Our souls have homeward gone.
Ne'er more shall the weak face the dread slayer.

Soldiers on road to home are we.
Marching past those who have gone before.
Onward to the gates of heaven.
Smiling now for we are at last free.

"I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody" #BillCosby
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Matt_Steele
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Posted - 11/17/2011 :  6:58:44 PM  Show Profile  Send Matt_Steele an AOL message  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

RIP Jimmy, unfortunately I lost touch with him after high school but I ran XC with him for a couple years in high school. A lot of good times

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