John Marshall Moore, JrStaff Sergeant
HQ BTRY, 1ST BN, 30TH ARTILLERY, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
31 August 1936 - 09 June 1969
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The database page for John Marshall Moore, Jr
I know He goes to warI can't tell you of ever finding God in church
And I can't remember feeling
He was near me when I went there.
I do remember seeing a lot of friendly smiling faces
No, I don't remember seeing God in church
I did feel God in Vietnam -
I felt him when, after an all night fire fight,
He was there when I collected
He was behind me when I heard
I caught a glimpse of God when I felt the heat of napalm
I felt him around me when
I saw his reflection in the faces of my men
He led me in the "Lord's Prayer"
When we set up night ambushes
He sent loneliness to guarantee the fond memories
I'll always remember the strength God gave
He sent boys to war.
I don't know if God goes to church,
Written by Barry L. McAlpine
Placed by a friend,
I was speaking with John about a minute before he was hit. I was visiting his Battery and he asked me stay for lunch, but I had to refuse in order to return to my own Battery. As I was leaving, we had incoming. He was a good man, a good soldier, and only by a great misfortune was he lost.
From a fellow Cavalry soldier,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe MACV Summary for June 1969 records a 107mm rocket attack on Camp Gorvad (the 1st Cavalry Division base camp at Phuoc Vinh) just before 6 PM on 09 June. Warrant Officer Thomas A. Hill, New Hartford, CT, assigned to B Troop, 1/9 Cavalry, is known to have died in the attack. Although Staff Sergeant Moore's casualty record doesn't contain the date he was injured, The Virtual Wall believes but cannot prove he was wounded in the rocket attack and died later the same day.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 13 Oct 1998
Last updated 11/13/2010