Missing Marine Found Dead, Possible Victim of CoD4 Induced Combat Flashback


The parent’s of Eric Hall have positively identified the body found in deep in a Charlotte County Florida culvert Sunday as their son.

The badly wounded Iraq war veteran disappeared in February 3 after an intense session of Call of Duty 4, which according to his family may have triggered a flashback. Hall saw combat in Fallujah, where his leg was severely wounded and his buddy was decapitated in front of him. According to GamePolitics, Hall had previously caused a traffic accident while hallucinating an Iraqi road block.

Although official details haven’t been released, Vietnam veteran Charles Shaughness, who discovered the body suspects Hall may have taken shelter in the culvert to escape a small brush fire. Becky Hall believes this is likely.

This is a tragedy on so many levels. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be very real and have serious consequences. What I can’t fathom is why Hall chose to play CoD4. Maybe he thought he could try to learn to deal with his fears. Why would his family knowing how badly his experiences had scarred him not at least tried to discourage him from exposing himself to such a realistic simulation of modern combat. Yes the man was 24, but he obviously needed help that came too late to save him.

According to GamePolitics Hall was involved in a dispute with the Veterans Administration over his benefits at the time he disappeared. Why was this Marine who served his country not given the help he needed to deal with his PTSD? They healed his body, but neglected his mind and soul. Semper Fidelis is not just something we Marines say… its just too bad the government is not made up of more Marines.

via The News and Tribune -Clark County

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13 Comments on Missing Marine Found Dead, Possible Victim of CoD4 Induced Combat Flashback


On March 14, 2008 at 9:04 pm

His dispute with the VA didn’t really have anything to do with him getting help with his PTSD. He was trying to collect his vacation pay and the VA had him listed as only partially disabled so he wasn’t collecting as much as if he’d been fully disabled. A story from when he originally disappeared addresses that.

“Since his injury, Hall has been fighting with the military for $4,700 in vacation pay. The Department of Veterans Affairs rated Hall as only partially disabled, which limits him to $700 a month instead of $2,500 in full disability pay.”



On March 14, 2008 at 9:46 pm

The V.A. is a glorified hoe. I dont think alot of people notice the infrastructure that was only not so good at taking vare of our troops sinve the first conflict int he middle east has had its fair share of ptsd “Victims”.

You go into the millitary you are trained to kill and be a robot. doesent make you a badass it makes you a moron. Proof is in the pudding when the country you care about doesent care about YOU.


On March 14, 2008 at 10:04 pm

Rest in piece noble soldier for freedom.


On March 14, 2008 at 10:40 pm

oh huggies….life isn’t always as cuddly as a baby diaper is it? :idea: maybe you shouldn’t talk badly of those protecting the rest of us….because if all these “morons” weren’t there, we would be nothing…we would be the very worst part of mexico right now. and while there are some lower iq’s in some divisions, most services, ESPECIALLY MARINE CORPS., have intelligent people. special forces wouldn’t be successful otherwise. so, have you thanked a soldier today? sincerely, ~the Wife of a Marine~


On March 14, 2008 at 11:16 pm

this is a shame, his family is in my prayers.

Booze Zombie

On March 15, 2008 at 12:37 am

CoD4 may be a war game, but it isn’t realistic. But I guess it didn’t have to be for this poor fellow.

If people try to ban violent games over this, I’d like to attempt to ban organized religion and government for their part in this mans death, as well. Sounds ridiculous, huh? So does banning video games.

The real problem comes from modern military training techniques, designed to completely override your fight or flight instinct (and the others) and turn you into an obedient slave of war.

I think incidents such as this would be avoidable if the army improved it’s training methods, perhaps not removing instincts? And not dehumanizing the enemy group by referring to them as “bad guys” might help, as well.

Who knows, maybe if the soldiers were treated like they had feelings, they might not come back so confused?


On March 15, 2008 at 7:37 am

@Huggiesunrise: It doesn’t make you a moron. I definitely take offense to that statement. It took me a couple years to square away my benefits with the VA system. I joined the U.S. Army when I was 17 and don’t regret it and certainly don’t think I was a moron for doing it. I certainly feel that I have been mistreated by this country as a war veteran, and I realize that the powers in this country could care less about us. I still feel that if more people are aware of the situation, then perhaps things could change.


On March 15, 2008 at 11:23 am

This is really sad

@Booze Zombie
Have you actually been in the army? probably not so you have nothing but conspiracy theories and counter strike to base your ideas on.

I wont say anything to you because you and Booze Zombie are probably the same person.


On March 15, 2008 at 11:28 am

@ Booze Zombie

i forgot to tell you that Cod4 could only be a small part of the flashback trigger and that Combat stress reaction AKA Shell Shock probably played a bigger part in his death.


On March 15, 2008 at 3:51 pm

Man thats some way to go. I wonder what possessed him to play CoD4 of all games? Think about it, what if one of us actually killed his character in multiplayer and that made him snap! Thats very unlikely but possible…

Joseph Rice

On March 15, 2008 at 11:39 pm

Army/RVN/1967/68. I was not a robot or trained to kill. I was
trained to do a job, no one I knew about would kill unless the bad
guy took the first shot that is just the way we were. I do not
know where people get these ideas about the military but my actual
experience is a 180 difference. I had a lot of fun and met a lot
of nice people of so many different races and cultures, I would do
it again if I could. I have two boys currently in the military,
both like it. One has been in over 10 the other 3 or 4 years.
People that are anti military without the experience of being in
could be missing something they would regret and never know it. Do
you think the doctors,nurses, and lawyers kill in their spare time?
I heard that 19 people die every hour from lung cancer, who lives


On March 16, 2008 at 10:24 am

It seems that everyone and his dog are blaming games at the moment.
If I fall down a ladder tomorrow, it’s probably because of Assasin’s Creed.

Get real people!

Dana Dane

On March 17, 2008 at 8:11 pm

:idea: Why don’t you lazy,potatochip eating techno-nerds chill out? You just love controversy and arguments.More than likely not a damn thing will be changed on your life consuming,making you fat,rotting your head games.