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The Passing of Julie Moore

A friend of mine sent this to me today (came out last week)...

The passing of Julie Moore, wife of LTG ret Hal Moore, "We were soldiers....

By Joseph L. Galloway

Knight Ridder Newspapers





WASHINGTON---There is mourning in a number of small corners of the country

this week. With a dozen new American soldier and Marine deaths in Iraq over

the weekend there are shattered lives in a dozen new towns. And at Fort

Benning, Georgia, this week we are laying to rest one of the finest Army

wives who ever walked.



Julia Compton (Julie) Moore, 75, was an Army daughter, an Army

wife and an Army mother. In the dark days of November, 1965, she did the

hardest duty of all: She visited the small bungalows and trailer houses

around Columbus, Georgia, to offer her sympathy and support to new widows

whose husbands had died in action in the Ia Drang Valley of South Vietnam.



In those early days of the war the Army was overwhelmed by

hundreds of death notices for unsuspecting families. It had forgotten how to

do this right, so the Western Union telegrams were handed over to taxi

drivers.



Julie Moore was horrified when one taxi driver pulled up to the

small house where she and the five young children of Lt. Col. Hal Moore,

commander of the 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry in Vietnam, were living. It took

her a long, long time to answer the doorbell, a lifetime really, and then

the driver apologized, said he was lost and asked her where he could find

this address.



Mrs. Moore followed in the wake of that taxi and others to comfort

the new widows and orphans of a war that would, itself, ultimately be

orphaned and abandoned. She also raised unshirted Hell with the Pentagon

about so callous a method of notifying the families. Within two weeks the

policy was changed and a new one instituted, requiring that an officer and a

chaplain personally deliver the sad news. It was also a small beginning of a

concern for Army families that has grown into a major program throughout the

Army.



Mrs. Moore was a true hero in the book her husband and I wrote

about that time in Vietnam and in America, We Were Soldiers Once.and Young

and the movie based on that book, We Were Soldiers. Madeline Stowe played

the role of Julie Moore on the silver screen, and Mel Gibson portrayed Hal

Moore.



The love story on film couldn't hold a candle to the real love

story behind this story. How the dashing West Point graduate swept the

lovely college coed off her feet, and married her beneath an archway of

drawn sabers.



How she brought forth five children, and raised them largely

without a husband who was away following wars or rumors of wars. He fought

in Korea; commanded two Infantry companies on places like Pork Chop Hill and

Old Baldy. He fought in Vietnam, commanding first a battalion in the Ia

Drang Valley, then a Cavalry brigade all over the central part of South

Vietnam.



Julie Moore was an Army brat herself, born at Fort Sill, Okla.,

only child of Col. And Mrs. Louis J. Compton. She would see two of her three

sons follow their father to West Point and the Army, and one of them fight

in Panama and the Persian Gulf War with the 82nd Airborne.



In January of 1991 I phoned the Moore home to give Hal Moore the

news that I was leaving early the next morning on a military flight to Saudi

Arabia to get in place for the coming ground war. Miss Julie said, "Joe, I

am so very upset and worried about this thing. My son Davy is over there

now."



I expressed surprise that the normally unflappable Mrs. Moore was

upset. "Julie, you sent your husband off to two wars, so why worry now?" She

responded: "Joe Galloway, you don't understand a thing. You can replace a

husband. You can never replace a son."



Julia Compton Moore died last Sunday, in the early afternoon,

surrounded by her grieving husband and her two daughters and three sons. I

said my goodbyes at her bedside the day before. Her eyes lit up and she

whispered: "Oh, Joe, we have come so very far together, and we still have so

far to go."



This week we are burying Julie Moore in the Fort Benning Cemetery,

near her mother and father, and in the middle of the 7th Cavalry troopers

whose wives she comforted and whose funerals she attended in 1965. Her grave

is beside that of Sgt. Jack E. Gell of Alpha Company 1st Battalion 7th

Cavalry. She will rest in the arms of the Army she loved so long and served

so well.



GarryOwen, Miss Julie. Godspeed.
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Godspeed.

If you never try anything new, you'll miss out on many of life's great disappointments.
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Re: The Passing of Julie Moore

The Movie We were Soldiers is one of my favorites... When I saw it, I told one of my professors about it and he asked if it was about Hal Moore. He ended up knowing him and had flown dustoff missions for his troops.
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Re: The Passing of Julie Moore

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The Movie We were Soldiers is one of my favorites...
Same here.
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Re: The Passing of Julie Moore

I written back and forth with Joe Galloway. He seems to be a pretty standup guy....and the movie is cool too.

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Re: The Passing of Julie Moore

"Thee'll be plenty of rifles on the ground if I need one"

I loved that line in the movie. I own it, but it's not one Ican watch often, it's a pretty heavy movie.




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