May 08, 1942

During the Battle of the Coral Sea, Navy Lt. (j.g.) William E. Hall, with radioman/gunner S1C John Moore, engages four Japanese Nakajima B5N torpedo bombers (Allied code name “˜Kate’) attempting to attack the USS Lexington (CV-3) and shoot down two of them. Jumped by three pilots flying Mitsubishi A6M Zeros (“˜Zekes’), Hall claims two, while Moore gets credit for shooting down the other. Injured during the fight. For this and other actions during the battle, Hall is awarded the Medal of Honor.