Back In The Day
There is something about starting a new year that not all makes you look forward to the up coming adventures but also makes you looking into the past. Our towns past, our history, can be seen on our buildings, signs and street names. One of our streets bear the name Tom Hall.
Who is Tom Hall?
January 8th marks the 124th birthday of Sergeant Thomas Hall, local Fort Mill hero. Most are familiar with Tom Hall only from driving along the portion of Highway 160 that bears his name. This son of a farmer earned his namesake by being the only Fort Mill native to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
As a member of the Fort Mill National Guard company that became a part of the 118th Infantry, 30th Division of the U.S Army in WWI, he was among the first to be shipped overseas to France and took part in the heavy combat that broke the Germans’ infamous Hindenburg Line and ultimately ended the war. Sadly, he did not live to see victory.
On October 8th, 1918, near Montbrehain, France, he was killed in action.
His citation reads: “Having overcome two machine-gun nest under his skillful leadership, Sgt. Hall’s platoon was stopped 800 yards from its final objective by machine-gun fire of particular intensity. Ordering his men to take cover in a sunken road, he advance alone on the enemy machine-gun post and killed five members of the crew with his bayonet and thereby made possible the further advance of the line. While attacking another machine-gun nest later in the day this gallant soldier was mortally wounded.”
You may pay your respects to him today in Unity Cemetery, where he is honored along with other World War I soldiers from Fort Mill