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Moore Kenneth Jack

Kenneth Jack  Moore
Serial Number:
501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
Date of Death:
Silver Star Medal

Kenneth Jack Moore was born Nov. 5, 1924, in Los Angeles. He was raised by a single mother and graduated from high school in Redding. Soon after the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor he joined his buddies in enlisting.

Moore volunteered to be a paratrooper and was chosen to be a medic, although he got only about two weeks of medical training. He didnít see any combat until D-Day, June 6, 1944, when he was one of thousands of troops parachuted into France. As a medic, he carried medical supplies, but no weapon. Moore and Wright commandeered the church, designating it as an aid station by hanging a Red Cross banner outside. Wright had more medical training than Moore, but their expertise was limited.

Wright instituted an order that all rifles had to be left outside the door and the injured began streaming in, by themselves or with the help of others. As the wooden pews started to fill, the medics designated an area near the alter for critically injured soldiers they couldnít much help. With Wright taking on the bulk of medical duties, Moore sometimes ventured outside to haul injured soldiers to the church in a cart found nearby. With his Red Cross arm band in full view, he didnít take fire. Moore and Wright treated more than 80 soldiers, including about a dozen Germans. They were awarded Silver Star medals for their actions, and both served in other battles, including the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war, Moore returned to California and worked for the Chevron oil company as an area representative. He eventually owned several gas stations of his own until the mid-1980s when back problems forced him into retirement. Moore died on December 7, 2014 in a hospital in Sonoma, California at the age of 90, due to a congestive heart failure. His body was cremated and his ashes were scattered.

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