David R Hall

ELYRIA, OH, USA U.S. Marines LCPL, CO G, 2D BN 8TH MAR, (RCT-3, MEB-A FWD) 2D MAR DIV, CAMP LEJEUNE, NC GARMSIR DISTRICT, AFGHANISTAN 08/31/2009

David Hall enjoyed traveling and meeting people from different cultures. While growing up, exchange students from Italy, Brazil, Yugoslavia and Germany spent time in his home. He traveled to Brazil after high school, staying with the family of an exchange student his family had hosted. David and his three older sisters grew up in Lorain, Ohio. A Southview High School graduate, he joined the football team his senior year and started at quarterback, earning a scholarship to play football for a Division III college. He turned it down to live in Chicago for a year, where he worked at a camera shop. Former Southview football coach Brian Joyner, who coached Hall during his senior year — the only season Hall played — remembered him as a “mentally tough” kid who had a good heart. He said Hall threw a 60-yard pass during a tryout. “He was a kid who never threw a football, and he became our quarterback,” Joyner said.

He loved children as much as his two older sisters who are teachers in the Lorain school district. He wanted to get married and start a family. But first, he wanted to return to school to become a registered nurse. A friend convinced him to join the Marines, his mother said. During high school, Hall did not mention a career in the military. “I tried everything to talk him out of enlisting. But he said it’s something he had to do,” his sister Lora said. He did not have a financial reason to join the Marines, but when he enlisted “he decided to be a part of it to make a difference,” she said.

David’s passions included studying the bible, learning about different people and cultures, personal health and fitness, art, music, and literature. He embraced life and freedom to its fullest, and learned to never take for granted the simplest of God’s blessings. His dream was to get married and to become a father. While he did not have the opportunity to have his own children, he played and will continue to play a very significant role in the lives of his niece and eight nephews.

David’s portrait is also located on Poster 7