Retired Navy Adm. John Leslie Hall Jr., 86, an amphibious commander in World War II, died Monday of congestive heart failure in Scottsdale, Ariz.
A resident of Alexandria since his retirement in 1953, he had gone to Scottsdale with his only immediate survivor, a brother, John R., of Richmond, to play golf.
Adm. Hall was born in Williamsburg, Va. He was a graduate of the College of William and Mary and of the Naval Academy at Annapolis, where he received the Navy Athletic Association Sword for excellence in athletic.
In 1930, he returned to the Naval Academy as graduate manager of athletics and director of football. Before World War II, he commanded a cruiser, a destroyer division and a battleship.
During the war, Adm. Hall, as head of amphibious forces in northwest African waters, commanded amphibious landing forces at Gela, Sicily, and Salerno. He also was in charge of amphibious training in priparation for the invasion of Normany and commanded a task force that landed on Omaha Beach.
Later, in the war, he was sent to the Pacific, holding a command during the amphibious landings at Okinawa. After the war, he commanded amphibious forces of the Pacific Fleet.
Adm. Hall's last assignment was commander of the Western Sea Frontier and Pacific Reserve Fleet in San Francisco.
His decorations included the Navy Distinguished Service Medal with Gold Star, the Army Distinguished Service Medal and the Legion of Merit with Gold Star. He also was decorated by Great Britain and France.