Eventually, Ike was evacuated to a military hospital in Great Britain. The doctors treated his chest wound, inflated his collapsed lung, and removed many briar thorns from his body. They also treated two wounds, which he had received before arriving at the hedgerow.
Earlier in the battle, his head and arm were creased by rifle fire. Because of the serious nature of his spinal injury, the War Department told his family that he would not live. Knowing that this would worry his mother, Ike had a medic write home saying that he was fine, and he was receiving good care. Once in stable condition, he was then loaded onto a plane to make his long journey back to the United States.
However, before leaving the hospital, the Queen Mother of England paid him a visit. Ike stated, “This is one memory that I will always treasure.” When she approached his bed, she compassionately took his hand and presented him with a Purple Heart medal.
After being discharged from the military, Ike was sent to Memphis, Tennessee for rehabilitation at the Veterans Administration Hospital. This is where he met Francis, and they married on September 30, 1945. It was in that same year, that he studied his Bible and was baptized into Christ.
In 1946, Ike and Francis moved to in Searcy, Arkansas, so he could attend Harding College. While there, he received a B.A. degree in business administration, Bible, and history. Later, they moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he earned his M.A. degree in social studies and education at George Peabody College.
Ike Hall taught students at Memphis Harding Academy for 22 years. Just before his retirement, he told me that he was in constant pain. After his retirement, he started experiencing some complications from his battlefield injury. I will always remember him saying with a smile, “Teaching ages you ten years, but it makes you feel ten years younger, so I guess it evens out.”
In 1997, Ike was admitted to Saint Francis hospital in Memphis. That is where he died. The doctors said it was due to heart failure, but I know that it was that assassin’s bullet.
Before he died, Ike commented:
“I cannot believe God caused this terrible injury, but I do believe that he was with me that day in the hedgerow. There is bad and there is good in the world, so I’m thankful to have seen some of Hitler’s youth educated in Christian colleges and baptized into Christ. I have also seen some of my friends return to Germany and to Japan to serve as missionaries. I now serve as a deacon in the Lord’s Church. Our God is so good.”
Yes Ike, our God is so good (Romans 8:35-39).