Thursday, March 19, 2009
His Star Has Turned From Blue to Gold
FORT BLISS, Texas -- A Fort Bliss soldier died in Iraq on Monday of wounds sustained when an explosive device struck his vehicle, Department of Defense officials announced.
Cpl. Gary L. Moore, 25, of Del City, Oklahoma, died in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 978th Military Police Company, 93rd Military Police Battalion, in Fort Bliss.
Friends tell ABC-7 the soldier was engaged to a woman back home. He has no family here.
Fort Bliss officials said Moore entered the Army in January 2007 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was appointed to the rank of corporal in January and was previously stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
The associate pastor at his Eastside church said Moore was a faithful member of the church, a blessing to be around, with a good spirit and good attitude. He said Moore was friendly and always smiling and shaking hands.
He said they have a lot of soldiers in their church and that this one hits close to home.
Moore's awards and decorations included the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.
This is the second death from the 978th Military Police Company during their deployment, which began in June 2008. Cpl. James M. Hale was killed in Baghdad on Aug. 13.
A memorial ceremony in honor of Moore will be coordinated and announced at a later date, Fort Bliss officials said.
by ABC-7 Web Producer Annette Arrigucci