Good-Bye LTG Harold “Hal” Moore

Posted on February 21, 2017



LTG Harold “Hal” Moore was born on February 13, 1922 in Bardstown, Kentucky.
He died on February 10, 2017.

Of all of the awrds and decorations he received and that included the Distinguished Service Cross, the CIB with two stars and Master Parachutist Badge and others, he was Most proud of his appointment to the Honorary Grade of Rifle Platoon Sergeant by the Sergeants Major of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Vietnam.

Hal is survived by his three sons and two daughter, Harold Gregory Moore III, LTC Stephen Moore, Colonel David Moore, Julie Moore Orlowski and Cecelia Moore Rainey.

I had the great honor to meet this outstanding children after the funeral. They are each very special and extremely courteous. Harold looks just like his father.

At the reception after the service, I meet the following Troopers and each of them signed my copies of the book “WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE…AND YOUNG: Jim Epperson, HQ 2/7 Cavalry, Joe Wallenius B 2 BN Mortar man, Ronald Barrow C 2/7 Cavalry, Walter Marms (MOH Recipient) Plt Ldr A 1/7 Cavalry, Hardy Brown, C 1/7 Cavalry,Don Wagner, HQ 1/7 Cavalry, Joe Herren, CDR B 1/7 Cavalry, Dick Ackerman, Recon 2/7 Cavalry, John Rangel, A 1/7 Cavalry, Joe Galloway, Bob Edwards Plt Ldr C 1/7 Cavalry. Harold Moore III, David and Julie also signed my books. I met many more Troopers who were there in the Ia Drang. No one had a bad word to say about their Commander.

Here are some of the pictures I took at the Funeral and the Reception:

dsc03639 Patriot Guards Lining the entrance


dsc03637Joe Galloway giving an excellent Speech

dsc03646 Harold III, David , Julie and Ceciliadsc03649 1st Cavalry Color Guard Troopers rendering Honorsdsc03652 1st Cav Troopers carrying Casketdsc03650dsc03658 The highest Honor a Fly Over dsc03666 Julie Moore autographing my Bookdsc03667 Harold III signing my Book imag1624-1-1-1-1 myself and Rafer surrounded by Heroesimag1625-1imag1623-1 Me & Walter Marms MOHimag1628-2-1 imag1631-1Titch and Walter Marms img_0508 Carol and Jim Eppersonimg_0510 img_0512-2    img_0514 img_0516Rafer Springfield with Joe Galloway. Rafer is one of Charlie Troops “Little Brothers” His boy scout scarf has a 1st Cav patch sewn on the back.

imag1634-1While we were there Titch and I visited Billy Nave’s grave site.

dsc03664 Slow Hand Salute to one of our finest.

One of the two copies of “WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE…AND YOUNG will be sold at our Gettysburg reunion.

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