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Gen William Grover Moore, Jr
Birth: Apr. 18, 1920
Waco
McLennan County
Texas, USA
Death: Mar. 18, 2012
Huntsville
Madison County
Alabama, USA

US Air Force General. He began his military career when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1940, graduating with a commission as a second lieutenant in May 1941. During World War II, he was the commander of the 777th Bombardment Squadron in Italy, where he flew 35 combat missions in B-24 Liberator aircraft. After World War II, he became the commandant of students at the Army Air Forces Aircraft Observer and Bombardier School at Mather Field, CA. During the Korean War, he was the commander of the 3rd Bombardment Group at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, from where he flew 65 combat missions in B-26 Marauder bomber aircraft. After the Korean War he was assigned to Headquarters US Air Force, Washington DC, from January 1953 to August 1956, in the Directorate of Operations, and then was assigned to Headquarters US Air Forces in Europe, where he served as assistant deputy chief of staff, operations, from August 1957 to 1961. He then entered the Naval War College in Washington DC, in August 1961 until August 1962, after which he was assigned the commander of the 314th Troop Carrier Wing, Sewart Air Force Base TN, and became the commander of the 839th Airlift Division there in September 1963. From March 1965 until October 1966, he was assigned as the deputy director of operations, US Strike Command at MacDill Air Force Base FL, where he commanded the test airlift exercise Rapid Strike and played an important role in the airlift planning for joint operations. From November 1966 to December 1967, he served in South Vietnam to organize the airlift effort in support of the Vietnam War. He reactivated and commanded the 834th Air Division at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, where he had the overall responsibility for all tactical airlift operations in Vietnam. In December 1967, he returned to Headquarters US Air Force where he was the director of operational requirements and development plans, deputy chief of staff, research and development. In February 1970, he became commander of the 22nd Air Force, Military Airlift Command, at Travis Air Force Base CA, where he flew over 900 hours in the C-141 Starlifter airlift aircraft. It was during this time that the US Air Force's largest aircraft, the C-5 Galaxy, entered the Military Airlift Command inventory and a C-5 airlift squadron was activated at Travis AFB. In September 1972, he became the commander of the 13th Air Force at Clark AB Philippines, Pacific Command, where he oversaw the return of the American prisoners of war from Hanoi, North Viet Nam. He was then assigned as chief of staff, Pacific Command, in October 1973, where he participated in the planning and execution of the evacuation of American forces from Phnom Penh (Operation Eagle Pull) and Saigon (Operation Frequent Wind), Operation Babylift, Operation New Life, the resupply of Cambodia, and the USS Mayaguez operation. In October 1976, he became the assistant Vice Chief of Staff United States Air Force, with the additional duty of senior Air Force member, Military Staff Committee, United Nations. He was nominated for his 4th star which was confirmed by the Senate on 1 April 1977 and assumed the duty of commander, Military Airlift Command (now Air Mobility Command) at Scott Air Force Base IL, where he served until he retired from military service in 1979. After his military retirement, he became president of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority in Nashville TN. He was active in many charities and was the recipient of many awards after the conclusion of his military career, to include the 1990 Fred Russell Distinguished American Award, the 1990 Barry Dean Fulton Award from United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee, the 1993 Outstanding Nashvillian of the Year by the Kiwanis Nashville, and 1996 Citizen of the Year by Easter Seals, Tennessee. Among his military decorations include the distinguished service medal with two oak leaf clusters, the silver star, the legion of merit with four oak leaf clusters, the distinguished flying cross with oak leaf cluster, and the joint service commendation medal.  (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
Burial:
United States Air Force Academy Cemetery
Colorado Springs
El Paso County
Colorado, USA
 
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Originally Created by: William Bjornstad
Record added: Apr 26, 2012
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Added by: William Bjornstad
 
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- Lazer
 Added: Dec. 21, 2013
God bless you today and always. Rest in Peace.
- Thelma
 Added: Apr. 18, 2013
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