Local soldier dies after recently returning home from deployment

James Hall, Jr. (Source: Breitenbach McCoy Leffler Funeral Home)
James Hall, Jr. (Source: Breitenbach McCoy Leffler Funeral Home)

MIAMISBURG, OH (FOX19) - A young soldier dies just months after returning home from his deployment. Spc. James Hall, Jr. died last Friday in Miamisburg, Ohio.

The 27-year-old is a 2003 graduate of Monroe High School. He leaves behind a wife, Laura, and a six-month-old son, Aiden.

Hall's mother, Carla, told FOX19 she is not exactly sure what killed her son. She said the family is still waiting for the official autopsy results.

Carla said she does know one thing: "Jimmy" died doing what he loved, which is defending this country.

"I think he would have done it again," said Carla. "He was proud of what he did. He loved what he did."

She said serving this country was in Spc. Hall's blood. His father, James Hall, Sr. was a Middletown police officer and a marine.

Carla said she still remembers the moment her son called her to tell her that he had enlisted in the Army.

"At the age of 21 or 22, he called and woke me up in the middle of the night," said Carla. "He said he had decided to enlist. I said are we going to talk about it? He said I already did it."

Carla said her son was kind, athletic and funny. She said her son enjoyed playing baseball and running cross country at Monroe High School. Carla said Jimmy kept in touch with his high school friends, and they often visited one another when he returned home. Carla said they had just celebrated Jimmy's 27th birthday last month at his favorite pizza restaurant in Miamisburg.

Spc. Hall attended the University of Maryland where he worked on a degree in Forensic Investigation. About a year and a half ago, he married the love of his life, Laura. They adopted a dog, Roxy, and after their honeymoon, Jimmy learned he was going to be a daddy.

"I can't say it enough," said Carla. "He married the girl of his dreams. They had a beautiful baby boy, and he was very happy. Very happy."

Laura gave birth to their son Aiden on May 23. Jimmy wasn't due home for months, but his unit was attacked on May 27.

"An IED blew up, and he got shrapnel in his neck, his face, and his chest," said Carla.

She said Spc. Hall returned home only to face a battle with PTSD.

Carla said she hopes others can at least learn one thing from her son's death: more support needs to be given to the men and women returning home from protecting your freedom.

"Not just when they get home, but for a long period of time after they're home," said Carla. "I believe these soldiers deserve that."

Spc. Hall received several awards, including the Purple Heart.

The family has set up a fund for Hall's son.

The visitation for Spc. Hall will be on Saturday from noon until two at the Breitenbach-Mccoy-Leffler Funeral Home in Middletown. He will be buried at the Butler County Memorial Park.

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