Our Great American All-Star for 2018 is Colonel Charles W.L. Hall, Ph.D., an Educator, Psychologist and Minister who has served our Nation, State and Community with distinction and honor.  A longtime resident of Mississippi, he is the father to 12 natural children and 14 adopted children, several of whom are Vietnamese adopted after the war.  He holds numerous degrees and accreditations in ministry and education.  Colonel Hall has been very involved with the Boy Scouts organization over his lifetime, having served as Scout Chaplain locally with the Pine Burr Area Council as well as to the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and the South Vietnamese Boy Scouts during his active military career.  Since 2004, he has been a chaplain with the Mississippi State Guard Third Brigade, 3rd Battalion, Camp Shelby, MS., Associate Pastor and Youth Minister at Central Christian Church in Hattiesburg, Ms.    

A career officer of the U. S. Army’s Adjutant General Corps and a war veteran of the Cold War, Gulf War and Vietnam War, Colonel Hall retired with over 30 years’ service.  Since his retirement, he has been an active member of the American Legion serving in numerous capacities from Post Commander to Post Historian, a position held with Post #24 since 2008. 

Colonel Hall hails from a family of military men and women including his great grandfather, Confederate States Army Brigadier-General Dudley Hall, PACS, 46th NC Infantry, Cooks Bde, ANV., 1861-1865;  His grandfather, a Sergeant , Army Quartermaster Corps, Pershings Division, 1917-1919;  His father, A United States Navy Chief Petty Officer from 1941-1946 and USN Reserve 1946-1961;  His uncle, The United States Navy as a Seaman 1st Class, 1950-1954;  His mother, a 2nd Lieutenant Army Nurse from 1942-1946.  These family members continued their military careers stretching into other conflicts of their era such as the Spanish - American War, World War One, World War Two and the Korean War.  Colonel Hall has traced his family’s military service even farther back in American and British history proving a long line of Hall family warriors.     

A student of the War of Southern Independence for over fifty years, Colonel Hall has been a past Commander of Camp #1329, SCV (Sons of Confederate Veterans).  He has written four books that are interesting reads for anyone wishing to know more about the history of the American Civil War and they are:  Books to Bullets, Revivals to Revolvers, Coopers Adjutants and Plowshares to Bayonets which is based on a part of Mississippi’s involvement.

In addition to his military and civilian affiliations, Colonel Hall has been a National Director for The Kadets of America.  The Kadets of America is a tax-exempt and a non-profit youth organization of civic club sponsored Kadet Show Troop units.  The Kadets of America work to develop professionalism, leadership, sportsmanship and precision teamwork among American youth and in-depth understanding of America’s military system.  He is also Camp Director for Camp Powell West, a Boy Scout and church camp located in South Lamar County, Mississippi.     

The All-Star Team is a proud supporter of our United States Military, our State Military and all of our law enforcement community for the daily sacrifices of the enlisted men, women and their families.  Thank you Colonel Hall for your military and civilian service to others exemplifying a life well lived.