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Bronze Star Medal for Patrick Hall '99

— by on October 19th, 2011

Patrick Hall, a 1999 graduate of Washington and Lee and a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, has been awarded a bronze star medal for his service in Afghanistan from August 2010 through February 2011.

According to the citation, Pat’s “actions during the deployment single-handedly resulted in more lives saved, more enemy killed, and more helicopter borne raids planned and conducted than any other single person in the battalion, directly impacting every Marine and Sailor in the battalion’s area of operations.”

Pat served as Air Officer, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) Afghanistan. In that role, he successfully controlled more than 1,105 aircraft as they supported the battalion, including 96 close air support missions during high intensity combat and counterinsurgency.

At W&L, Pat majored in business administration and was a tri-captain for the Generals’ baseball team. A second baseman, he held career program records for hits (142), runs scored (93) and RBI (90) after his senior season, when he was named first-team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference.