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SSGT William John Moore

SSGT William John Moore

Birth
Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois, USA
Death 18 May 1966 (aged 30)
Binh Dinh, Vietnam
Burial Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 100048710 · View Source
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Distinguished Flying Cross with V device for Valor
Air Medal with 11 Oak Leaf Clusters
Purple Heart
Good Conduct Medal
POW-MIA Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Aircrew Badge

In Loving Memory ... SSGT William John Moore.
*** William has a military marker in memory at Warren County Memorial Park Cemetery, Monmouth,IL. AM - Robert Sage
*** Staff Sergeant Moore was a member of the 310th Air Commando Squadron. On May 18, 1966, he was a crew member of a Provider Cargo Aircraft (C-123B) on a flare mission about 45 miles east of Pleiku, Binh Dinh Province, South Vietnam when his aircraft was hit by hostile fire and crashed. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.


You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in your family and those who knew you and loved you. You will live on because we remember you!


WILLIAM JOHN MOORE - Air Force - SSGT - E4
Age: 30
Race: Caucasian
Sex: Male
Date of Birth Jul 1, 1935
From: MONMOUTH, IL
Marital Status: Married - Shirley J. Moore, of Lake Warren Illinois and Son, John A. Moore of Granger, Utah.
Parents: Father, John D. Moore and Mother Geraldine R. Moore, both from Monmouth,IL.



SSGT - E4 - Air Force - Regular
Length of service 12 years
Casualty was on May 18, 1966
Loss Coordinates: 135755N 1083945E (BR476454)
In BINH DINH, SOUTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died while missing, FIXED WING - CREW
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND

Body was not recovered
Panel 07E - Line 83

Other Personnel in Incident: Jerry M. Wall (missing)



SSGT William J. Moore and Airman First Class Jerry M. Wall were crewmen assigned to a C123B squadron which was dispatched on a Candlestick mission on May 18, 1966.

The aircraft was dropping flares about 45 miles east of the city of Pleiku in Binh Dinh Province when it was hit by enemy fire and crashed.

Among the crew of the aircraft, only Wall and Moore are missing.

Public information provided by the Air Force does not indicate the fates of the rest of the crew; whether they were killed and their bodies recovered or whether they were rescued alive is unknown.

It was determined that Wall and Moore (who was a flight mechanic) were killed when the aircraft crashed and that it would never be possible to recover their remains.


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MOORE, WILLIAM JOHN

Name: William John Moore
Rank/Branch: E4/US Air Force
Unit: (Unknown, per USAF)
Date of Birth: 01 July 1935
Home City of Record: Monmouth IL
Date of Loss: 18 May 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 135755N 1083945E (BR476454)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: C123B
Refno: 0342

Other Personnel in Incident: Jerry M. Wall (missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 June 1990 from one or more of
the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence
with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W.
NETWORK 1998.

REMARKS:

SYNOPSIS: The Fairchild C123 "Provider" was a night attack system/transport
aircraft based on an all-metal glider designed by Chase Aircraft. The
airplane's C123B prototype first flew on September 1, 1954. The C123B, in
the hands of a group of airmen who called themselves "The Mule Train" became
the first transport to see Vietnam service. The C123B transports were soon
joined by UC123Bs of the now-controversial Project Ranch Hand which sprayed
pesticides and herbicides over Vietnam, including Agent Orange.

The Provider, particularly in camouflage paint with mottled topside and
light bottomside, resembled an arched-back whale suspended from the bottom
midpoint of huge dorsal wings. Like other transports, the Provider proved
its versatility during the Vietnam war. The C123 also dispensed flares to
illuminate targets for fighters or tactical bombers, and were dubbed
"Candlestick" when they served in this capacity.

SSGT William J. Moore and Airman First Class Jerry M. Wall were crewmen
assigned to a C123B squadron which was dispatched on a Candlestick mission
on May 18, 1966. The aircraft was dropping flares about 45 miles east of the
city of Pleiku in Binh Dinh Province when it was hit by enemy fire and
crashed.

Among the crew of the aircraft, only Wall and Moore are missing. Public
information provided by the Air Force does not indicate the fates of the
rest of the crew; whether they were killed and their bodies recovered or
whether they were rescued alive is unknown.

It was determined that Wall and Moore (who was a flight mechanic) were
killed when the aircraft crashed and that it would never be possible to
recover their remains.

For Wall and Moore, death seems a certainty. For hundreds of others,
however, simple answers are not possible. Adding to the torment of nearly
10,000 reports relating to Americans missing in Southeast Asia is the
certain knowledge that some Americans who were known to be prisoners of war
were not released at the end of the war. Others were suspected to be
prisoners, and still others were in radio contact with would-be rescuers
when last seen alive. Many were known to have survived their loss incidents,
only to disappear without a trace.

The problem of Americans still missing torments not only the families of
those who are missing, but the men who fought by their sides, and those in
the general public who realize the full implication of leaving men
unaccounted for at the end of a war.

Tragically, many authorities believe there are hundreds of Americans still
alive in captivity in Southeast Asia today. What must they be thinking of
us? What will our next generation say if called to fight if we are unable to
bring these men home from Southeast Asia?


Distinguished Flying Cross
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Air Force
Battalion: 310th Air Commando Squadron
Division: 7th Air Force
GENERAL ORDERS:
Headquarters, 7th Air Force, Special Orders No. G-488 (June 20, 1966)

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat "V" (Posthumously) to Airman First Class William John Moore (AFSN: AF-16458430), United States Air Force, for heroism while participating in aerial flight while serving with the 310th Air Commando Squadron, 315th Air Commando Wing, SEVENTH Air Force, in Southeast Asia on 18 May 1966.






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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT William John Moore (1 Jul 1935–18 May 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100048710, citing Warren County Memorial Park, Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Thomas Clark (contributor 47193734) .