Funeral, memorial services held for famed Vietnam vet Hal Moore

Published: Feb. 13, 2017 at 8:39 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 17, 2017 at 4:16 PM EST
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(WTVM) Funeral arrangements have been announced for Lieutenant General Harold "Hal" Gregory Moore Jr.

Moore, a legendary combat leader and New York Times Bestselling author passed away at 94 years old on Friday, Feb. 10 at his home in Auburn, AL.

A funeral mass was held Friday, Feb. 17 at 8:30 a.m. CT at St. Michaels Roman Catholic Church on North College Street in Auburn, AL.

Additionally, a memorial service followed at 1 p.m. ET at the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, GA, with interment to follow at the Fort Benning Post Cemetery. The family will host a reception at the National Infantry Museum after the burial service.

Among the speakers will be Joe Galloway, who co-wrote the book We Were Soldiers Once, And Young with LTG Moore.

Afterward, buses will be available for anyone wishing to attend a brief graveside ceremony with full military honors at Fort Benning Post Cemetery at approximately 2 p.m. ET.

Following the ceremony, the buses will return guests to the National Infantry Museum, where a reception will be held in the Grand Hall.

The memorial and graveside services will be live-streamed in the museum's Patriot Hall and Giant Screen Theater in the event the Grand Hall is full, or for those who do not wish to ride the buses to the cemetery.

Others may watch the live stream via the US Army Fort Benning Facebook page.

At Moore's request, memorial donations may be made to the Ia Drang Scholarship Fund in lieu of flowers. Hal and Joe established the fund in 1994 using proceeds from the book and speaking engagements with the purpose of supporting the education of the children and grandchildren of the veterans of the Ia Drang battles.

The fund has awarded more than $430,000 in grants to date. Donations may be sent to the Ia Drang Scholarship Fund, c/o Executive Director, 1st Cavalry Division Association, 302 North Main, Copperas Cove, TX 76522.

In 1964, Moore commanded a battalion in the newly formed air mobile 11th Air Assault Division at Fort Benning. During the Vietnam War, he served as the commander of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment. The regiment landed at LZ X-Ray with about 450 soldiers and soon was overrun by an enemy numbering more than 2,000.

The first major battle between the United States and the Peoples' Army in November 1965 left 250 U.S. soldiers dead. Joe Galloway, a war correspondent who covered the battle, credits Moore and his brilliant leadership for saving the lives of most of his men in the worst of circumstances.

The Last 100 Yards ramp at the National Infantry Museum features a scene taken from the Battle of Ia Drang Valley. While his health still allowed it, LTG Moore would often travel from his home in Auburn to visit the museum and reflect alongside the Huey helicopter that held so many vivid memories.

In addition to the scene on the ramp, LTG Moore's contributions can be seen in the museum's Cold War Gallery, where Moore's helmet and a bugle from his unit are on display.

In honor of LTG Moore, the museum's Giant Screen Theater will offer a free screening of "We Were Soldiers" on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. EST.

A limited supply of the book is also available in the museum's Soldier Store.

Moore is survived by three sons and two daughters, Harold Gregory III (Evelyn), (LTC) Stephen (Donna), Julie Moore Orlowski (Leo), Cecile Moore Rainey (Terry), (COL) David (Teresa), and by his sister Betty Karp and brother Ballard Moore. He also leaves 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Julie Compton and by his brother William Moore.

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