Hal Moore Biography

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Lt Gen Harold G. Moore (USA-Ret)

February 13, 1922 - February 10, 2017

Hal Moore retired from the Army as a 3 Star General in 1977 with over 32 years active service. Commissioned a 2nd Lt of Infantry in 1945, he served and commanded at all levels from Platoon through Division. Highlights of his career include:

Service in the Korean War as a Company Commander and Regimental S3 (7th Infantry Division)

Service in Vietnam as a Battalion and Brigade Commander (1st Cavalry Division)

Commanding General of the 7th Infantry Division in Korea

Commander of Ft Ord, CA

Service as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Department of the Army

After his retirement from active duty in 1977, Hal became the Executive Vice President of the Crested Butte Ski Area in Crested Butte, CO. During the '80s and early '90s, he researched and wrote a book, We Were Soldiers Once...and Young with his co-author, Joe Galloway then of US News and World Report. The book covers the first major battle of the Vietnam War, the Ia Drang Battle (LZ Xray), in which both men participated. Hal was the Battalion Commander on the ground and Joe was a UPI correspondent. The book is recognized as a classic on the Vietnam War and spent many weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.

Most Generals have a laundry list of awards and decorations a mile long. The awards most important to Moore are:

Appointment to the Honorary Grade of Rifle Platoon Sergeant by the Sergeants-Major of the 3rd Brigade, 1st CAV in Vietnam

2 awards of the Combat Infantryman's Badge

Distinguished Service Cross

Master Paratrooper