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Decorated World War II veteran, local educator passes away

One of Logan County’s last remaining World War II veterans passed away Tuesday at Mary Rutan Hospital.

Hall-Sheldon

SHELDON HALL c. 1945

Sheldon Hall was 93. He flew more than 45 combat missions as part of the VMF-213 squadron as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. On July 18, 1943, Mr. Hall’s plane was shot down while flying in the Solomon Islands and he was later awarded a Purple Heart.

The Marine Corps captain is credited with six confirmed victories and three probables during his stint as a fighter pilot.

A passionate aviator, Mr. Hall flew planes long after his military service ended. Most recently, in July 2011, at the age of 92.

Mr. Hall joined the Naval Air Corps in 1941 after graduating from Findlay College. He was awaiting assignment to a cadet corps when Pearl Harbor was attacked, and he and his classmates were rushed through their training and sent overseas as fighter pilots.

After returning from the war, he continued to fly regularly as he pursued a career in education, eventually being hired in 1963 as Indian Lake superintendent. He was named Logan County Superintendent of Education in 1968 and ended his education career in 1979.

In 2009, an oak tree was planted in front of Indian Lake High School in his honor. A plaque placed at the base of the tree recognizes his accomplishments as a World War II veteran and as the former Indian Lake superintendent.

As the superintendent of Logan County schools, Mr. Hall worked alongside the board of education to secure the former 664th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron as a joint vocational school, now home of the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center.

Additionally, Mr. Hall was a poll worker for 21 years. He also served as a Washington Township Trustee and most recently, served on the Indian Joint Fire District Board.

A funeral service begins at 10 a.m. Saturday in Shoffstall Funeral Home, Lakeview, where calling is from 2 to 4 and from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Read his obituary in Thursday's Examiner.

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