Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 18, 2014

Family of soldier with Bluefield roots honored

DURHAM, N.C. — Sixty years after the late Donald “Buddy” Moore finished a 10-year tour of service in the U.S. Army, his family received the 11 medals — including a Bronze Star — he was awarded for his service.

Moore, who was 86 at the time of his death, was born in Bluefield, Va. He joined the Army at age 17 in 1943 and served in uniform until 1953. During World War II, Moore served in the 91st Division, Company H, 362nd Infantry Regiment in Africa and Italy where he served as a heavy machine gun operator in Northern Africa, as well as in Rome, the Arno River, the North Apennines and the Po Valley. He served in the occupation of Japan and went to Korea where he served with the 11th Airborne Military Police Company.

After returning to the U.S., Moore graduated from Bliss College in Columbus Ohio, attended Bluefield College and earned a bachelors degree from Bluefield State College. He and his wife, Wanda (O’Shinski) Moore, married in 1956, moved to Columbus for a time, but returned to Bluefield where Moore worked as an engineer with the state Department of Highways, until he retired in 1986, and he and his wife moved to Durham.

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, D-N.C., has made veterans issues a top priority during her time in the senate, according to a press release from Hagan’s deputy press secretary. After Cpl. Moore’s family contacted her, Hagan “worked to secure 11 medals and awards and ensure Cpl. Moore’s contributions to our country were properly honored,” according to the press release.

“I am proud to be here today, 60 years after his service, to formally present the honors Cpl. Buddy Moore earned for his bravery, his sacrifice and his unwavering commitment to our country,” Hagan was quoted in the press release as stating during the medals presentation on Wednesday in Durham. “Buddy’s life was an inspiration — to his family, his friends, his community here at Croasdaile Village and to all of us. It is brave individuals like Cpl. Buddy Moore who make this country strong, and we will never forget his service and his sacrifice.”

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