Thomas Elmer Hale was born 8 February 1918, the son of T.J. Hale. He was married to Katherine Jo Beene and father of Stephan Thomas Hale. He graduated at Chattanooga High School and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. He was employed as a chemist for the du Pont Company in Charleston, Indiana before enlisting in the air corps in September, 1942. He received his commission at Napier Field in Dothan, Alabama and received further training at Hamilton Field at Oakland Municipal Airport in Santa Rosa, California before being sent overseas.
He died Non Battle 29 March 1944 in England in a plane crash.
He is buried at Chattanooga National Cemetery, Y, 342
380th Fighter Squadron, 363rd Fighter Group
2nd Lt returned from the British Isles – Cambridge