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Monument dedication scheduled

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Ret. Maj. Gen. Dorian T. Anderson
Ret. Major Gen. Dorian Trent Anderson will be the keynote speaker at the Charles B. Hall Monument Dedication, scheduled to take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 22.

Anderson is a 1971 graduate of Brazil High School. Following graduation, he attended the United States Military Academy and Webster University, earning a degree in Management.

Anderson earned the rank of Brigadier General in 2000 and Major General in 2003. He retired from the military in 2005.

He has 10-plus years of experience in military personnel and human resources service and management in addition to 30 years of Army experience, seven at the general officer level.

Anderson has received many decorations during his stint in the military. In August 1998, he was named Commanding General, Joint Task Force 6, in Fort Bliss, Texas.

From 1976-2005, Anderson served 30 years as a commissioned officer in the Army.

The monument was recently placed in front of Brazil City Hall. It stands next to the McNutt Fountain and includes a model of Hall's P-40 Warhawk, "The Maxine," named after his wife, on top.

Other additions include a faceplate of Hall and a plaque listing the Tuskegee Airmen's military accomplishments during World War II.

On July 2, 1943, Hall's squadron provided cover for a formation of B-25 "Mitchell" bombers when more than 20 German fighter planes attacked over Castelvetrano Field, Sicily.

Hall, then 22, was the first African-American pilot to shoot down a German Focke-Wulf FW190.

It was his eighth mission and also the unit's first aerial victory against the Luftwaffe.

Following the mission, Hall was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

After the war, Hall worked at Tinker Air Force Base before going on to work with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Upon retiring, he became an insurance agent in Oklahoma City, until he died in 1971.

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He died in 1971 or he graduated in 1971?

-- Posted by Soldier_mom1985 on Sun, Aug 16, 2009, at 11:04 PM

Anderson graduated in 1971 and Hall died in 1971. (To answer above question)

-- Posted by Criminology08 on Mon, Aug 17, 2009, at 5:55 AM

Trent Anderson was an all-state football player at Brazil High School. He came to Brazil from Terre Haute in his junior year when his family moved here. Former teacher and coach Bob Lancaster is close to Anderson. He arranged for Anderson to speak twice at Northview High School to students in the auditorium. His speech was great.

-- Posted by brazil1 on Mon, Aug 17, 2009, at 10:45 AM

This man was one of the most respectful and charming men I ever met. A real class act. I wish I could be in Brazil to wish him and his family well. Congratulations Trent.

-- Posted by MissNomer on Tue, Aug 18, 2009, at 7:05 PM

Trent was the and is the best role model that I've been around in my life-next to Christ.

-- Posted by johnnyuyounte@yahoo.com on Fri, Mar 26, 2010, at 5:27 PM

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