A Vietnam Veteran from Bridgeport whose dying wish was to see the Vietnam Veterans Wall in Washington D.C. has passed away. But 64-year-old Dennis Hall's dream came true anyway.
Hall, who had been battling an aggressive brain tumor for several months, died peacefully in his sleep Sunday morning.
We first told you about Dennis Hall last August. Hall's granddaughter emailed News 9 about a bake sale the family was having. They were trying to scrape together money to get Dennis closer to his dream.
Not even five minutes after our story aired August 9, Oklahomans from all over the country stepped forward and offered money to help the Hall family.
By the following day, more than enough money was raised to send Dennis and three family members to Washington D.C.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Founder and President Jan Scruggs gave Dennis and his family a personal tour of the Memorial grounds. Hall's family tells News 9 since the family's return from Washington D.C. Mr. Hall kept his spirits up, while his physical condition deteriorated.
Monday afternoon, Vietnam Veterans Wall Founder Jan Scruggs sent News 9 this statement,
"I was truly honored to meet and briefly get to know Mr. Hall. His personal story, and the generosity of the Oklahomans who made his journey to The Wall possible, touched me deeply. It was a pleasure to greet Dennis at the monument and to spend some time with him. Farewell, Dennis. Thank you for your service to America. And…Welcome home."
Funeral services for Dennis Hall will be this Thursday at 2 p.m. at Turner Funeral Home in Hinton. Hall will be buried at Graceland Cemetary in Bridgeport.
Many that were touched by Hall's story are leaving comments on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Funds Facebook page.