Rockwall Base Here – The Eagle Has Landed

Congressman Ralph Hall to Dwayne Cain: “You can go home, now.” 

Congressman Hall, the oldest Member of Congress fulfilled his dream of making a parachute jump.  He wanted to jump for his Band of Brothers and to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day.  Tomorrow morning at 4 AM he will be at his home county’s veterans memorial to salute the former Navy SEAL Clint Bruce who founded Carry the Load in honor of America’s military heroes and to carry the load of the men and women who gave America their last full measure of service.

Photos from Saturday, May 26, 2012 in Rockwall, Texas

Ralph Hall Skydiving

Landing & Living to Tell About It

Carry the Load Honors America’s Heroes

Congressman Hall Chairs the House Science, Space and Technology
Committee that oversees NASA

The Greatest Generation

Ralph M. Hall, representing the Fourth Congressional District in Texas, was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980 and has been re-elected to each succeeding Congress.  Congressman Hall was selected as Chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology for the 112th Congress.

Texas Public Service

Between 1950 and 1962, Mr. Hall served as County Judge of Rockwall County, Texas.  In 1958-1959, he served as President of the State Judges and Commissioners Association.  He served in the Texas Senate from 1962 to 1972, where he served as President Pro Tempore in 1968-1969.

Personal Background

Ralph M. Hall was born in Fate (Rockwall County), Texas, on May 3, 1923, attended the public schools in Rockwall and graduated from Rockwall High School.  He joined the U.S. Navy on December 10, 1942, serving as a lieutenant (senior grade) aircraft carrier pilot from 1942 to 1945.  Hall attended Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, in 1943; attended the University of Texas, Austin, 1946-1947, and received his LL.B. from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, in 1951.  He was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1951 and maintained a private law practice in Rockwall for many years.

In 1944, he married the former Mary Ellen Murphy.  They have three sons, Hampton, Brett, and Blakeley, and five grandchildren.

Apollo Astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon,
joined Congressman Hall at his Rockwall home May 20 to underscore the importance of the work of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology

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