MVH Machias Veteran of the Month: Robert Hall

Author: MVH Machias
Posted: October 17, 2017
Category: Maine Veterans of the Month

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Robert W. Hall was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in July 1937,  the eldest child, to William and Ruth Hall. Growing up, Robert remembers his family spending many months of the year in Cape Cod where he spent his time striper fishing and hunting with his cousin.

Robert graduated from Milton High School, and spent the following summer back on Cape Cod with his cousin and some of his closest friends.  Later in 1956, Robert enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and completed basic training at Training Center Cape May, New Jersey. Shortly after, he was assigned to the Nantucket Life Boat Station where he assisted in the birth of a baby off of Nantucket Island. Reminiscing about this adventure, he said, “Don’t ask me if I was scared… I wasn’t scared. I was petrified!”

 

USCGC Acushnet (WMEC-167)

 

Robert was then sent to Radio School in January 1957, where he graduated as a Third Class Radioman. From Radio School he was assigned to Coast Guard Station South Portland where he was attached to the Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet. On board of the Acushnet, Robert traveled to the Arctic before returning to a radio station in Boston where he helped with search and rescue. Robert left active duty in 1960, but continued to serve in the active reserves for several years.

After leaving the Coast Guard, Robert got a job at The Foxboro Company  and worked at a plant in East Bridgewater.  He worked as a buyer, and purchased electrical components to coordinate the western end of the Alaskan Pipeline.  However, it wasn’t all work… Robert spent many evenings in East Bridgewater playing Donkey Baseball. This was a game was very similar to baseball, however instead of running to each base, the players rode a donkey. “I had more fun doing that…” he said. “I hit the ball out of the park one day, but the donkey I was on never made it to first base! I’ll never forget that as long as I live.”

 

This photo circ. 1942 shows players of Donkey Baseball. Photo courtesy of BaseballLibrary.com

 

On June 17, 1961, Robert married the love of his life, Melissa Ewell from Abington, Massachusetts. Robert and Melissa were blessed with four children, Bruce, Glenn (who passed away in infancy), Lynda, and Chuck. Robert and Melissa are grandparents to five grandchildren: Bruce Jr., Laura Lee, Mindi, Matthew, and Kayla. Robert and Melissa also have a very special niece named Helen that the family thinks a lot of.

Robert was a charter member of Junior Chamber of Commerce in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and was responsible for coming up with a volunteer project. Knowing of a young man struggling to beat cancer at the Boston Children’s Hospital, Robert decided to volunteer there, where he visited twice a week for close to three years.

In 1978, Robert moved his family to Maine after spending 25 years with the Foxboro Company. Once in Maine, he began working for Wyman's of Maine and then went on to work for Cherryfield Foods where he dealt with one hundred and fifty miles of irrigation for blueberry land. Robert continued to have a heart for volunteering and began helping the food pantry in Cherryfield while also volunteering at Sea Coast Mission.

 

Robert and Melissa at an Elvis Presley Tribute concert at MVH Machias in 2017.

 

Robert then went to work for Morrell Worcester where he did various activities including buying, setting up paving crews, and bidding on projects. Robert started buying material to build for Worcester Enterprise which then consisted of the power plant in Deblois, Peat Bog, County Concrete, and Worcester Wreath.

At this time, Robert began working in sales for Wreaths Across American for ten years where he sold between three hundred and four hundred wreaths in the Ellsworth area each year.

 

Robert joined The First Congregational Church of Cherryfield in 2002, where he served as a trustee and was in charge of maintenance from 2003 to 2013. In 2014, he became a Deacon. In 2016, Robert finally retired and began living at Maine Veterans’ Homes in Machias shortly after.

Robert enjoys his time at Maine Veterans’ Homes by attending various musical performances, playing cribbage with friends, and making all of those living here smile a little extra.

Thank you, Robert, for your service to our nation!

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