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George Fleming Moore
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Major General George Fleming Moore
Born (1887-07-31)July 31, 1887
Austin, Texas
Died December 2, 1949(1949-12-02) (aged 62)
Hillsborough, California
Buried
Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1909–1949
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Commands held Harbor Defenses of Manila and Subic Bays
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Distinguished Service Cross
Distinguished Service Medal (2)

George Fleming Moore (July 31, 1887 – December 2, 1949) was a highly decorated officer of the United States Army with the rank of major general. General Moore commanded the Harbor Defenses of Manila and Subic Bays and the Philippine Coast Artillery during the Battle of Bataan.

Early life and education

George Fleming Moore was born on July 31, 1887 in Austin, Texas as the son of John Marks Moore, Jr. and Mary Estelle Grace Moore. He graduated from A&M College of Texas in 1908 and received a commission in 1909 into the Coast Artillery Corps.

Texas A&M

A major and lieutenant colonel during World War I, he returned to Texas A&M as Commandant of Cadets from 1937–1940, where he was promoted to colonel.

World War II

In World War II, then Brigadier General Moore fought in the Bataan Campaign, later becoming the commander of the Harbor Defenses of Manila and Subic Bays in the Philippines, both during the 1941–42 Japanese invasion. He was given command of the Philippine Coast Artillery with roughly 5,000 men and four forts to defend Corregidor. On May 6, 1942, General Jonathan Wainwright surrendered the Corregidor garrison at about 1:30 p.m., leading himself and General Moore to be captured by the Japanese, and held as a POW, later liberated in August 1945. General Moore was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and Distinguished Service Medal while in captivity.

Family

He was married to Lucile (Lucille) Griffith (March 10, 1892 – April 5, 1972), daughter of John Williams Griffith and Mary Elizabeth (Fox) of Port Townsend, WA. They had one daughter, Anne (later Mrs. Burton R. Browne).

Death

Moore never recovered his health from captivity; he shot himself on December 2, 1949, shortly after retirement, in Hillsborough, CA. The Moores are buried at Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California.

Awards and honors

Moore received some of the Army´s highest decorations including the Distinguished Service Cross and the Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Moore Hall, a residence hall at Texas A&M University, is named in his honor.

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Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
1st Row Distinguished Service Cross
2nd Row Army Distinguished Service Medal
w/ Oak Leaf Cluster
World War I Victory Medal American Defense Service Medal
with "Foreign Service" clasp
3rd Row Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
w/ two campaign tars
World War II Victory Medal Philippine Defense Medal
w/ bronze star
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