2Lt William Sherwood Moore, Jr

2Lt William Sherwood Moore, Jr

Birth
Ruston, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 20 Apr 1944 (aged 27)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets of the Missing---see photo
Memorial ID 56249151 · View Source
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Youngest of four children of William and Sarah Moore. Brother of Cecile, Sarah and Virginia. Born, raised and educated in Ruston, Louisiana. His father, among other endeavors, was a four-term mayor of Ruston during the 1920s.

Served in the Army Air Corps in WWII. Completed flight training at Brooks Field, San Antonio TX, in January 1943. Saw further training and service in the U.S. through 1943. Deployed to Europe in early 1944. Was killed at sea aboard a transport ship that came under attack in the Mediterranean in April, 1944. Among those not recovered. Awarded the Purple Heart.


Ruston Daily Leader, May 19, 1944:
Lt. W. S. Moore, Jr., Recently Killed In North Africa Area
Was Aboard Transport Ship Which Was Sunk By Areal (sic) Torpedo
Word has been received by Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Moore that their son, Lt. W. S. Moore, Jr., was killed in the North African area on April 20. Lt. Moore left for overseas duty about April 10, and it is believed that he was aboard a transport ship which was sunk by aerial torpedoes in a furious battle which took place in the Mediterranean sea ten days later.
Lt. Moore was born in Ruston on August 1, 1917 (sic), and spent most of his life here, with the exception of a few years which were spent in Shreveport. He was a graduate of Byrd High school, Shreveport, and Texas Military college, Terrell, Texas, and later was a student at Louisiana Tech. For four years he was in the grocery business with his father in Ruston, and in June, 1942, volunteered for military service. He received his commission in th Army Air Force from Brooks Field on Feb. 16, 1943.
After receiving his wings, Lt. Moore served as pilot on the B-25, and because of outstanding ability was selected to serve as instructor at Peterson Field, Colorado Springs, and at Will Rogers Field, Oklahoma City. While stationed at the latter post, he became pilot on the P-38 fighter, and was assigned to the 32nd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, with which group he left for overseas duty.
Lt. Moore is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Moore of Ruston, and three sisters, Mrs. Edgar P. Thomas, New Orleans; Mrs. Robert N. Jameson, Alexandria; and Mrs. Harold C. McKinley, Ruston.


*** Memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing, North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunisia. (The black-and-white photograph at right of the portion of the Tablets of the Missing showing the name of Lt Moore was provided to Greg Tucker in March 2012 by the American Battle Monuments Commission in kind response to his request.)

*** There is also a cenotaph memorial marker next to his parents' graves at Greenwood Cemetery (Plot 9), Ruston, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana. See photo.


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  • Maintained by: Greg Tucker
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56249151
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt William Sherwood Moore, Jr (1 Aug 1916–20 Apr 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56249151, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Greg Tucker (contributor 47155988) .