Sat Feb 9, 2013, 11:31 AM
discntnt_irny_srcsm (8,804 posts)
Julia Compton Moore
(February 10, 1929 – April 18, 2004) was a U.S. Army daughter, wife, and mother, who was depicted in the film We Were Soldiers by actress Madeleine Stowe. Her efforts and complaints in the aftermath of the Battle of Ia Drang prompted the Army to set up survivor support networks and casualty notification teams consisting of uniformed officers, which are still in use.
Julie Moore in 1960s.
Julie Moore and Bruce Crandall in 2001.
This is a more recent picture Julie and, her husband, Hal.
Julie is one of our family's heroes. She was a wife and mother of five.
Wherever her husband was stationed, Mrs. Moore served as a Brownie and Girl Scout Leader and Cub Scout Den Mother. She volunteered with the Red Cross in the Army hospitals. She supported the day care centers and worked with the wives clubs to take better care of the enlisted soldier and his family. Mrs. Moore was especially active in setting up the Army Community Service organizations that are now a permanent fixture on all army posts and which assist each soldier as they process into their new duty stations. Mrs. Moore is a fine example of the spirit found in many family members of those who serve in the military.
Named for her, the Julia Compton Moore Award recognizes the civilian spouses of soldiers for "Outstanding Contributions to the United States Army". Mrs. Moore's actions to change Pentagon death notification policy in the aftermath of the historic battle of the Ia Drang Valley represents a significant contribution to our nation. Prior to Mrs. Moore's intervention, Pentagon policy was to notify families by a telegram delivered by cab drivers. It serves today as a shining example of one of Mrs. Moore's many contributions to the morale and welfare of the Army family.
"Never leave a man behind" and, thanks to Mrs. Moore, never leave his family alone and at so tragic a time either.
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