Marion County Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Reunion announces 2019 honoree

June 14, 2019

Commander Ron Hall 1970’s – Commander Ron Hall 1990’s

Marion County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Reunion Chairman Brian Deckard announced recently that former Lt. Col. Ronald J. Hall has been selected as the 2019 camp honoree for the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Reunion. The tradition began in 1883 when veterans would set up an actual campsite and name it for a former veteran to honor their service and memory.

Lt. Col. Hall was twice a Commander of the Luther B. Easley American Legion Post 128 in Salem in the 1970’s and 1990’s. His wife Shirley (Kramer) Hall is still an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Salem.
“We are excited to announce the selection of former American Legion Post 128 Commander Ron Hall as our honoree this year,” said Brian Deckard, Reunion Chairman. “I didn’t know Ron personally but I hear nice stories about his work to have the Veterans Memorial placed in East Lawn Cemetery and his work with the 50th Celebration of the G.I. Bill of Rights in 1994. We are fortunate to have his wife Shirley still involved with the American Legion Auxiliary supporting our activities for our veterans.”
Lt. Col. Hall was a veteran of the Korean conflict. During his first year of the conflict he was a member of the 7th Calvary Regiment of the 1st Cavalry Division and attained the rank of sergeant. After returning to civilian life, he served in the Illinois National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve, where he attained the rank of lieutenant colonel, Signal Corps.

Mr. Hall worked for the U.S. Postal Service and retired as a supervisor of maintenance in Quincy, IL. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association, American Legion Post 128, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2055 in Centralia, and Disabled American Veterans. He was a member of the Egyptian Past Commanders’ Club of the American Legion and the 40 & 8 Voiture No. 516.

Mr. Hall received an Associate in Science degree from John Wood College in Quincy and Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL. Ron was born in Iuka in 1928 and married Shirley Kramer in Centralia in 1954. He and Shirley are the parents of a son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons who currently live in Maine. Ron Hall passed away while living in Sandoval in 2001.

If anyone is interested in becoming involved with the three-day Reunion event, meetings are open to the public and start at 7:00 p.m. every other Tuesday at the Legion in Salem. People can connect on Facebook, by email:, or calling 618-420-3489.