On May 11 at 9am eastern time, The National Infantry Museum will host a Livestream of the renaming of Fort Benning to Fort Moore, in honor of Hal Moore and his wife Julie. The stream will take place in the Giant Screen Theater, followed by a gallery unveiling at 1pm inside the museum.
Hal was a beloved Infantry and Cavalry warfighter in the Korea War and Vietnam War respectively. He was renowned for his bravery, tenacity, passion, and commitment to protect our nation.
Julie, who was equally distinguished as a leader of Army family programs, changed how the military treats the widows of fallen Soldiers. Together they embody everything an Army families look up to – courage, fighting spirit and sincere care for those who put their lives at risk defending our country every day.
Renaming the installation to Fort Moore will recognize their impressive careers while inspiring today’s men and women training to serve in uniform. Moreover, it celebrates not just soldiers but also army spouses by recognizing them as invaluable contributors to combat readiness – something that is especially meaningful for veterans or widows whose partners gave their life serving our country.
Harold “Hal” Moore was a highly decorated lieutenant general who served 32 years in the United States Military Academy before retiring in 1975. During his career, he occupied duties in Japan and NATO, as well as conducted experiments with parachutes and undertook multiple Army staff assignments. Notably, Hal commanded rifle and heavy mortar companies during the Korean War, for which he earned two Bronze Star medals for valor and led the 3rd Brigade through several campaigns during the Vietnam War – earning a Distinguished Service Cross award and a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm. Additionally, Hal solved deeply rooted racial unrest while commander of the 7th Infantry Division in Korea before commanding the Training Center at Fort Ord, Calif., in 1971.
Julia Compton Moore’s story is one of courage and selfless dedication. As the daughter of an Army Colonel, she experienced the rigors of military life from a young age. She is particularly noted for her leadership in supporting Army wives and families during the Vietnam War. Her involvement prompted policy changes within the Army – a practice that continues today – and subsequently led to the establishment of an award in her namesake for civilian spouses who make outstanding contributions. On top of this, Julia was active in many organizations aimed at offering support to military communities, including those providing daycare centers and Red Cross volunteers services. With her dynamic legacy still evident today, it’s no wonder that she has been described as one of our nation’s most influential military wives in history.
For those interested in an RSVP for the Fort Moore naming event, contact Erin
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