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A Soldier's Story - Chief Warrant Officer Hal Hooper Reichle




Chief Warrant Officer Hal Hooper Reichle was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 25, 1963.   He was always committed to service and briefly considered joining the priesthood.   Instead, on July 4, 1982, he enlisted in the US military.

CWO Reichle would initially serve first as a Corporal in the US Marine Corps before transferring service into the US Army and training as a helicopter pilot. He would deploy with the 24th Infantry to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield and the Gulf War.  

On February 20, 1991, Chief Warrant Officer HalReichle's OH58 went down during a storm. He rests in Marietta National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia.

He was an incredibly giving man. Chief Warrant Officer Reichle was especially known for a "Robin Hood" style of giving, either by trying to slip money into a stranger's pockets, or shoveling snow for the neighbors while wearing a snow camo suit, so he wouldn't be seen. This form of service to others would become his legacy. His friend Roger F. Cram created a "secret society" called Ssssh (the Secret Society of Serendipitous Service to Hal) to honor Chief Warrant Officer Hal Reichle's giving style and encourage others to give without recognition. The details are available at the following site: http://ssssh.org/.

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