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Charles Robins Hall, 88, military navigator


Charles Robins Hall, a retired military navigator, died Thursday of a brain hemorrhage at Carroll Hospital Center. A resident of Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster, he was 88.

Born in Chicago, he grew up in Newport News, Va., and Salem, Va., and enlisted in the Army in 1935 after graduating from high school.

He was a lieutenant when he left the Army in 1939.

He attended Amherst College for three years before enlisting in the Army Air Corps in 1942. As a navigator, he flew 40 combat missions in the Pacific during World War II, participated in the Berlin airlift and flew 48 combat missions in the Korean War.

He then served with the Air Transport Command at what is now Travis Air Force Base in California and with the Strategic Air Command at Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma.

He retired from the Air Force in 1960 with the rank of major.

He and his family moved to the Baltimore area, settling in the Westview neighborhood of Catonsville. He worked as a disability claims examiner for the Social Security Administration until retiring in 1979.

He and his wife, the former Virginia Nelson, moved to the Carroll Lutheran Village in 1997.

He was a member of Second English Lutheran Church in Catonsville.

In retirement, he relaxed with family and friends, was an avid reader, enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and exercised to stay fit.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery Chapel, 11501 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Charles Nelson Hall of Dundalk and Richard Robins Hall of Reisterstown; a daughter, Karen Elizabeth Holden of Westminster; three granddaughters; and a great-grandson.

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