Hal Moore
United States general
Hal Moore
Harold Gregory "Hal" Moore, Jr. is a retired lieutenant general in the United States Army and author. Moore is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, which is the second highest military decoration of the United States Army, and was the first of his West Point class (1945) to be promoted to brigadier general, major general, and lieutenant general.
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World Cafe Next: Jesse Hale Moore
NPR - 8 days
The Philadelphian's forthcoming debut album shows off his soulful falsetto and subtle songwriting. Hear two songs. (Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)
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Lt. Gen. Hal Moore dies at 94; depicted in film 'We Were Soldiers'
Chicago Times - 16 days
Retired Lt. Gen. Harold G. "Hal" Moore, the American hero known for saving most of his men in the first major battle between the U.S. and North Vietnamese armies, has died. He was 94. Joseph Galloway, who with Moore co-authored the book "We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young," confirmed Saturday...
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Baby Lizard Chased By Snakes Is Every Nightmare You've Ever Had
Huffington Post - 4 months
More gripping than a Hollywood drama, the life-or-death stakes in this new BBC clip are all too real.  Watch as a baby lizard gives a snake the slip, only to find itself being chased by what looks like dozens of other serpents on Fernandina Island in the Galapagos. The clip, which shows a hatchling iguana being pursued by racer snakes, is from the BBC’s “Planet Earth 2” series.   Check it out above. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Senator Pacquiao Has More Left to Prove in the Ring
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
The boxing legend breaks from his retirement to fight Jessie Vargas for the WBO belt on Saturday—and there’s no indication he’s stopping there
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Senator Pacquiao Has More Left to Prove in the Ring
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
The boxing legend breaks from his retirement to fight Jessie Vargas for the WBO belt on Saturday—and there’s no indication he’s stopping there
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Who Has More Faith In Vaccine Safety: Parents In France Or Bangladesh?
NPR - 6 months
A survey of nearly 66,000 people worldwide reveals where parents have the most — and least — confidence in vaccines.
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Trinity Biotech: Stock Has More Than 50% Upside
Wall Street Journal - 6 months
A Medical-Device Stock With Big Upside Shares of Trinity Biotech could get a big lift from a test that can detect heart attacks in ER patients. A Medical-Device Stock With Big UpsideTrinity Biotech: Stock Has More Than 50% Upside By David Englander The medical instrument maker should get a big lift from a test that detects heart attacks in ER patients.
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This Baby's Been Alive Less Than A Week And Already Has More Airline Miles Than You
The Huffington Post - 6 months
Some people rack up airline miles by buying a lifetime supply of chocolate pudding, and others rack them up by simply being born. Philippines-based budget airline Cebu Pacific awarded one million non-expiring air miles to a baby born Sunday aboard one of its flights. The points can be shared with family members. More...
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Hydraulic Press Pizza Is Definitely Not The Best Pizza You've Ever Had
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HSBC Has More to Fix Beyond its Household
Wall Street Journal - 9 months
HSBC’s deal to buy Household Finance unraveled in the US housing bust, costing the bank billions.
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Amazon Beats Earning; Has More Upside, Analyst Says
Wall Street Journal - 10 months
Benchmark writes that the e-tailer still has big opportunities for growth, especially overseas.
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BRIEF-SEC investigating SunEdison's disclosures to investors about its liquidity - WSJ, citing sources
Reuters.com - 11 months
* Officials In SEC's Enforcement Unit Are Looking Into Whether SunEdison Overstated Its Liquidity Last Fall When It Told Investors It Had More Than $1 Bln In Cash - WSJ, citing sources Source...
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Dish Network's Sling TV Has More Than 600,000 Subscribers
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
Dish Network Corp.’s Sling TV streaming service has more than 600,000 subscribers, according to people briefed on the numbers, shedding some light on consumer appetite for cheaper packages of live channels.
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France’s Top Cop Has More to Teach Silicon Valley
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
Watch out, Silicon Valley: France’s top cop is coming for another visit--but this time it’s a victory lap.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Hal Moore
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 91
    In 2013, author Mike Guardia published the first full-length biography of Moore's life and career titled Hal Moore: A Soldier Once and Always.
    More Details Hide Details Moore was awarded the Order of Saint Maurice by the National Infantry Association as well as the Distinguished Graduate Award by the West Point Association of Graduates.
  • 2009
    Age 87
    In June 2009, the 87-year-old Moore attended the formal opening of the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Georgia.
    More Details Hide Details One of the featured exhibits of the museum is a life-size diorama of L.Z. X-Ray from the Battle of Ia Drang. Moore and his late wife, Julia Compton Moore, have five children, Greg Moore, Steve Moore, Julie Moore Orlowski, Cecile Moore Rainey, and David Moore, as well as twelve grandchildren. Two of their sons are career U.S. Army officers: one a retired colonel and another a retired lieutenant colonel.Moore and Galloway (2008), pp. 220–221 Footnotes Citations References cited
  • FIFTIES
  • 1977
    Age 55
    After his retirement in 1977, Moore served as the Executive President of the Crested Butte Ski Area, Colorado.
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    Moore retired from the Army August 1, 1977 after completing thirty two years of active service.
    More Details Hide Details While assigned to Fort Bragg, Moore met Julia B. Compton, the daughter of Colonel and Mrs. Louis J. Compton. Julia was a student enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina and happened to be visiting her parents at Fort Bragg.Moore and Galloway (2008), p. 217 They were married at the Fort Bragg main post chapel on November 22, 1949.
  • 1973
    Age 51
    In August 1973, Moore was assigned as Commanding General, US Army Military Personnel Center (MILPERCEN), and in 1974 he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Department of the Army; his last assignment before leaving the Army.
    More Details Hide Details He dealt with Army recruiting issues after the termination of the draft as well as the orderly drawdown of forces after the close of the Vietnam War. Moore's next assignment was to become the Commanding General, U.S. Army Japan but he elected to retire instead.
  • FORTIES
  • 1971
    Age 49
    As Commanding General of the Army Training Center at Fort Ord, California in 1971-1973, he oversaw extensive experimentation in adapting basic and advanced individual training under Project VOLAR in preparation for the end of conscription and the institution of the Modern Volunteer Army.
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  • 1970
    Age 48
    Shortly after becoming Commanding General of the 7th Infantry Division Moore was promoted to major general in 1970 and he and his family moved to Camp Casey, South Korea.
    More Details Hide Details He was charged by General John H. Michaelis, Commander, United States Forces Korea with cleaning up the drug abuse problem and racial strife that was prevalent at the time in the 7th Division. His plan established Officer's Leadership Schools for company grade officers and a NCO Leadership School for staff sergeants and below as well as issuing an "Equal Opportunity Policy". He backed up the policy with the promise to punish those leaders who discriminated based on race, ethnicity or creed. As a part of the reformation of division morale he established several different athletic programs, including football, basketball, and boxing.
  • 1969
    Age 47
    In July 1969, he was assigned as Assistant Chief-of-Staff, Operations and Plans of the Eighth Army in South Korea where tensions were high from incidents along the demilitarized zone and drug use and racism among Eighth Army troops were at an all-time high.
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  • 1968
    Age 46
    On August 31, 1968 Moore was promoted to the rank of brigadier general.
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    After his service in the Vietnam War, Moore served at the Pentagon as the military liaison to the Assistant Secretary for International affairs in the Office of Under Secretary of Defense. In his next assignment the Army sent him to Harvard University to get his master's degree in international studies which he completed in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details Having completed his work at Harvard, Moore reported back to the Pentagon to work with the Deputy Chief-of-Staff for Operations. He then helped draft the Army plan for the withdrawal of two brigades of the 9th Infantry Division to the United States as a part of the Vietnamization of the war effort.
  • 1965
    Age 43
    Beginning on November 14, 1965, Moore led his battalion in the week-long Battle of Ia Drang.
    More Details Hide Details Encircled by enemy soldiers with no clear landing zone that would allow them to leave, Moore managed to persevere despite being significantly outnumbered by enemy forces that would go on to massacre a sister battalion only two-and-a-half miles away the next day. Moore's dictum that "there is always one more thing you can do to increase your odds of success" and the courage of his entire command are credited with this outcome. Moore was known as "Yellow Hair" to his troops at the battle at Ia Drang, for his blond hair, and as a tongue-in-cheek homage referencing George Armstrong Custer, commander of the same unit (7th Cavalry) at the Battle of the Little Bighorn just under a century before. Moore was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions at Ia Drang. After the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley, Moore was promoted to colonel and took over the command of the Garry Owen (3rd) Brigade.
    On July 28, 1965 President Lyndon Johnson announced that he was sending "the Airmobile Division to Vietnam".
    More Details Hide Details That same month the 11th Air Assault Division was re-designated the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) and alerted for deployment to Vietnam. Moore's battalion was re-designated as 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, the same regiment that was under the command of Lieutenant Colonel George Custer when the Irish song Garry Owen was adopted as a marching tune. The "Garry Owen" Brigade left Fort Benning August 14, 1965 and went to South Vietnam by way of the Panama Canal aboard USNS General Maurice Rose arriving at the Division's An Khê Base Camp a month later.
  • 1964
    Age 42
    In 1964, now a lieutenant colonel, Moore completed the course of study at the Naval War College, while earning a master's degree in International Relations from George Washington University.
    More Details Hide Details Moore was transferred to Fort Benning and commanded 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry later to become a part of 11th Air Assault Division, undergoing air assault and air mobility training and tests.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1960
    Age 38
    Following graduation from the Armed Forces Staff College at Norfolk, Virginia in 1960 Moore served a three-year tour as NATO Plans Officer with Headquarters, Allied Forces Northern Europe in Oslo, Norway.
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  • 1956
    Age 34
    Moore was assigned to attend the year-long student course at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 1956.
    More Details Hide Details The course prepared majors for the duties of staff officers at the division and corps level. After school at Fort Leavenworth, Moore reported to the Pentagon and the Office, Chief of Research and Development where his initiative and insights were key to the development of new airborne equipment and airborne/air assault tactics.
  • 1954
    Age 32
    In 1954, Moore returned to West Point and served for three years as an instructor in infantry tactics.
    More Details Hide Details While serving as an instructor, Moore taught then-Cadet Norman Schwarzkopf, who called Moore one of his "heroes," and cites Moore as the reason he chose the infantry branch upon graduation. Schwarzkopf later became a general in the U.S. Army and led the U.N. coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War against Iraq. During this assignment, Moore took a personal interest in the battles between the French Army forces and the Việt Minh at Điện Biên Phủ in Vietnam.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1952
    Age 30
    In June 1952 Moore was assigned to the 17th Infantry Regiment of the 7th Infantry Division during the Korean War.
    More Details Hide Details As a captain, he commanded a heavy mortar company in combat. He next served as regimental Assistant Chief-of-Staff, Operations and Plans. Moore's promotion to major was put on hold by a policy of the 7th Division commanding general that stated that no promotion to major would be possible without command of an infantry company in combat. The division commander personally assigned Moore to an infantry company so that Moore could be promoted to major and thus later become divisional assistant chief-of staff for operations.
  • 1951
    Age 29
    He was ordered to Fort Benning in 1951 to attend the Infantry Officer's Advanced Course, which would prepare him to command a company or to serve on a battalion staff.
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  • 1948
    Age 26
    He volunteered to join the Airborne Test Section, a special unit testing experimental parachutes, and he made the first of some 150 jumps with the section over the next two years on November 17, 1948.
    More Details Hide Details Over the course of his career, he became a master parachutist with over 300 jumps.
    In June 1948 he was reassigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, at Fort Bragg.
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  • 1945
    Age 23
    His first assignment out of jump school was with the 187th Glider Infantry Regiment at Camp Crawford near Sapporo, Japan from 1945 until 1948.
    More Details Hide Details After a seven-month stint as company commander, he was assigned as Camp Crawford's construction officer and responsible for all of the construction improvements being made at the camp.
    Moore graduated from West Point on June 5, 1945 and he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the infantry branch.
    More Details Hide Details Moore's first assignment after graduation was the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Georgia which was a six-week course. During the basic course he applied for the airborne jump school at Fort Benning, however, he was not selected and was instead assigned to the three week jump school held at the 11th Airborne Division in Tokyo, Japan.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1942
    Age 20
    Although Moore did well in most of his classes, he was academically deficient in the required math subjects and he had to redouble his efforts to absorb the engineering, physics and chemistry, often studying two or three hours past lights out to memorize the material.Moore and Galloway (2008), p. 162 During the fall of 1942 his class received the news that because of the war his class would graduate in three years rather than the usual four years.
    More Details Hide Details Moore made it through the plebe year, but just barely, or as he put it, "an academic trip from hell." This observation caused Moore to lead a student life at West Point devoted to studying and very few extracurricular activities. After a ten-day furlough, he reported to Camp Popolopen for summer military training where his company trained with various vehicles and fired many types of weapons. The summer ended with maneuvers held again at Pine Camp. During the second year at the Academy, he studied more complicated subjects like calculus, electrical engineering, thermodynamics and historic military campaigns. Wednesdays were spent watching the latest Staff Combat Film Report which reported the most recent fighting from the Pacific and European war fronts. Summer military training after his second year consisted of touring U.S. Army basic training centers to study tactics and techniques. The final academic year was spent studying military history and tactics as the war was winding down in Europe. Just before graduation each cadet selected his branch of assignment dependent on their academic standing in the class and the quota of openings in each branch. Moore stood in the bottom fifteen percent and he wanted an infantry assignment. When his name was finally called to declare, there were still infantry openings available.
    Moore received his appointment to the U.S. Military Academy shortly after the United States entered into World War II. He reported to West Point for "Reception Day" on July 15, 1942, and the summer training referred to as "Beast Barracks" held before the formal academic school term took up in the fall.Moore and Galloway (2008), p. 73 During his plebe summer at Pine Camp, he qualified expert on the M-1 Garand rifle and was the top scorer in his company.
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  • 1940
    Age 18
    Moore finished high school at night while working days and graduated from St. Joseph Preparatory School in Bardstown with the class of 1940.
    More Details Hide Details Moore attended George Washington University at night for two years, working at his warehouse job while waiting on an appointment to West Point. During his time at George Washington University he was initiated into the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. After President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed legislation authorizing each senator and representative additional appointments to the military and naval academies, Moore was offered an appointment to the United States Naval Academy by Representative Ed Creal (4th District, Kentucky) but Moore had no desire to go to the Naval Academy. Moore asked Creal if he could find another congressman that would trade his Military Academy appointment for Creal's Naval Academy appointment would he be agreeable to that arrangement. Creal agreed, and Moore soon found Representative Eugene Cox of Georgia's 2nd Congressional District, with an open appointment to West Point. Cox was impressed with Moore's tenacity and he left Cox's office with the West Point appointment.Moore and Galloway (2008), pp. 159–160
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1922
    Age 0
    Moore was born on February 13, 1922, in Bardstown, Kentucky, the eldest of four children born to Harold, Sr. and Mary (Crume) Moore.
    More Details Hide Details His father was an insurance agent whose territory covered western Kentucky and his mother was a homemaker. Because he was interested in obtaining an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York and felt his chances were better if he was located in a larger city, he left Kentucky at the age of seventeen before finishing high school and got a job in Washington, D.C. working in the U.S. Senate book warehouse.
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