Retired May 1, 1970. Died Sep. 16, 1999.
Brigadier General Linscott Aldin Hall is chief of the Air Force Technical Applications Center and commander of the 1035th U.S. Air Force Field Activities Group, Washington, D.C. In these positions he is responsible for managing programs engaged in the application of scientific and technical techniques in such fields as communications, electronics and meteorology which are of major importance to the Air Force and the Department of Defense.
General Hall was born in McAlester, Okla., in 1913. In 1926, the family moved to St. Louis, Mo., where he attended Soldan High School, and Washington University for two years. In high school he was a member of the National Honor Society, treasurer of his graduation class and captain of the football team. At Washington University he was a member of the track and football squads, and a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. In 1933, he received a Senatorial appointment to the U.S. Military Academy. He graduated in 1937, 126th in a class of 299, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Coast Artillery Corps.
The general's assignments before World War II included two years at Fort Kamehameha in Hawaii and two years with an anti-aircraft regiment in Maine and Massachusetts.
During World War II, he served on General Eisenhower's staff in London and North Africa, making the assault landing at Sidi Ferruch just west of Algiers in November 1942. In 1943, he was transferred to Italy where he commanded a self propelled, anti-aircraft battalion; in 1944 and 1945 he served with an infantry regiment and later as Assistant G-3, Headquarters, Fifth Army. For his activities in Italy, including Cassino and Anzio, he received the Silver Star the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Meda1, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Croix de Guerre, the Croce di Valore, the Medhala di Guerra, and the Order of the British Empire. He received minor wounds while in Algiers and while on the Anzio Beachhead.
Following the war, General Hall was assistant professor of social sciences at the U.S. Military Academy for four years. He taught courses in European and Far East history, economic geography, American government, and contemporary foreign governments. He was one of the authors for the 1949 edition of the book "Contemporary Foreign Governments" widely used in American universities and colleges.
In 1949-1950, General Hall attended the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., and specialized in military geography of the Soviet Union. In 1950, he was assigned to the Directorate of Intelligence, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, as chief of the Target Analysis Branch. In the summer of 1952, he attended the State Department seminar studies at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and traveled throughout the Near and Middle East. Upon return to the United States he was assigned to the Joint Staff, Joint Intelligence Group, and served on the Red Team for the next two years. This assignment was followed by a year as a student at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
In the summer of 1955, General Hall was ordered to Japan where for the next two years he served as deputy director, J-2, Headquarters Far East Command in Tokyo. In July 1957, this headquarters was inactivated and General Hall was ordered back to Washington. For his activities in this Far East assignment he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal.
From the summer of 1957 until December 1961 he was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force in the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, serving successively as deputy director and then director of the Directorate of Warning and Threat Assessment and finally as deputy assistant chief of staff, intelligence. He was promoted to brigadier general in March 1961 while assigned to this latter duty. On Dec. 1, 1961, he was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency, as the assistant director for processing and served in this capacity until July 1964. For his service with DIA he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. Following this duty General Hall was assigned as director, Intelligence Division, Headquarters, U.S. European Command, Camp des Loges, France. In the summer of 1966 he was selected as chief, Air Force Technical Applications Center, the position to which he is now assigned.
His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster.
General Hall is the brother of Lieutenant General William Evens Hall, U.S. Air Force retired. His grandfather, Dr. Frederic A, Hall, was chancellor of Washington University during the early 1920s.