Hackney, Hal Thomas (P2, C2, L25)
First Lieutenant Hal T. Hackney was born 11 July 1921, at Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky. He joined the Kentucky National Guard’s 103rd Coast Artillery (Anti-Aircraft), at Lexington, on 27 January 1941. He was inducted into federal service on 24 February 1941. He was killed in action 29 February 1944, at Cassino, Italy. He is buried in the Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Kentucky, 7 March 1949.
Herald, 22 March 1944
LT. HAL T. HACKNEY, who was killed in action at Cassino, Italy, Feb. 29,1944, was returned home for funeral services and burial March 7. Lieutenant Hackney was a native of Lexington, a graduate of Picadome High School and completed his sophomore year at the University of Kentucky before enlisting in the Army in January, 1941. He landed in England with the U. S. troops as a sergeant, and was among the first American men to be graduated from the officers’ candidate school in London. He served overseas for nearly two years, seeing combat duty with a Coast Artillery anti-aircraft unit in both Africa and Italy.
Besides his parents, he is survived by two sisters and his maternal grandmother. Funeral services and burial were held at the grave in the Lexington cemetery, with the Rev. Orvan Morgan, pastor of Broadway Christian Church, officiating.