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

12 comments:

Bruno LoGreco said...

My thoughts and preyers go out to the family.

AirmanMom said...

bruno...thank you for taking the time to read of this hero!

Michelle said...

I always hate reading these. But am glad that you are bringing them to us. We need to know who these soldiers are. And Remember. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

kbug said...

My heart always aches when I read about the ones who have paid such a high price...and my heart goes out to the families who have to go on without them. Prayers...

Ashley said...

Thanks so much for sharing this. Praying for his family...

Tonjia said...

I dont think Americans are informed enough about our soldiers that we are still losing in Iraq.

May Cpl Moore rest in peace, I am saying a prayer for his loved ones..

AirmanMom said...

michelle...each and every one of our heroes deserve to be recognized!

AirmanMom said...

kbug...amen!

AirmanMom said...

ashley...thank you for stopping by.

AirmanMom said...

tonjia...prayers for our soldiers and the families who love them so!

Mary said...

AM,

Prayers going out to the family. May he rest in peace.

Canada lost four more soldiers in Afghanistan. Such sad news. It seems that since Christmas, the death toll is going up very quickly. Please pray for the families of these soldiers.

I have some photos of trumpeter and mute swans posted if you're interested. These birds are magnificient.

I had some catching up to do here. This was a hectic week with the boys off school for March Break.

Blessings for a great weekend.
Mary

AirmanMom said...

mary...please know my prayers are lifted for our Canadian soldiers as well, they will always have a special place in my heart!