Hal Francis McCullough
Our dear father and grandfather passed away with family by his side on May 29, 2013, at the age of 92.
Hal was born Dec. 2, 1920, near Gober, Texas, in Fannin County to Philip Adair McCullough and Nancy “Pauline” Morrison McCullough. He married Johanna Elinor Amoroso.
Hal is survived by his wife, Johanna; his sons, Scott Matthew (Karen Gunnell) McCullough of Youngsville, and Robin Luke (Jeri Riester) McCullough of Baton Rouge; one daughter, Jackie Suarez Millican of Jennings; seven grandsons; one granddaughter; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Hal was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Ruth McCullough Shaw; his oldest son, Mark Kevin McCullough; and his son-in-law, F. Jefferson Millican Sr.
Hal graduated from Adamson High School in Dallas, Texas, in 1939. He entered Louisiana State University on a football scholarship in the fall of 1941. Hal enlisted in the Air Corps of the United States Army on April 11, 1942, and served his country through Oct. 23, 1945. Hal became a First Lieutenant and was the Lead Bombardier of the 873rd Bomb Squad, 498th Bombardment Group. In combat, Hal was part of the air offensive of Japan and flew 35 missions, earned the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with four Bronze Stars, one Service Bar, Purple Heart and Commendation for one of the most effective single squadron missions of WWII. Upon returning to Baton Rouge, Hal graduated from LSU in 1948. He was a real estate broker, land developer and builder in the Baton Rouge and Ascension Parish area for many years. An avid hunter and fisherman, he also enjoyed sports and coaching over the years. Hal was a friend to everyone he met and he deeply loved his family. A private memorial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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