Posts tagged ‘1945’

March 2, 2012

Robert Hail

1943.

Robert Elliott Hail is my great-uncle. He was born 13 December 1921 in San Francisco, California to Roy and Bernice Hail. He was the older brother of my Grandpa Bill. I don’t know very much about him at all, unfortunately. I only know that he enlisted in the Marine Corps on 20 June 1944, and was killed in action during the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II on 7 March 1945. He was married but never had any children. Robert was awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart, which was sent to his wife, who later gave them to Bernice. Robert was only 24 years old.

Robert was very handsome and looked just like his father Roy. He seemed like he was a lovely person and it was such a loss for our family. I really wish we could have met him, or that he had had children, that would have been our cousins. Not once have I ever heard Grandpa ever speak of him. But Grandpa was from the generation that Did Not Talk About Things. I imagineĀ  it was too difficult for him. After the War ended, the Hail family was reduced to two people – Bernice and Grandpa Bill. I can not imagine how hard that was for them.

I wish so badly I could have met him. It was a great, great loss for our family and it was so cruel the way things happened. It brings me to tears whenever I think about it…. but that’s life. And that’s war.

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