839 – LTG Hal Moore – A true Vietnam hero passed away

The late LTG Hal Moore, vietnam veteran news, mack payne

The late LTG Hal Moore, a hero of the Vietnam War, died Friday evening in Auburn. Monday would have been his 95th birthday.

A true Vietnam War hero, LTG Hal Moore, passed away last Friday three days short of his 95th birthday. In this podcast episode we take the occasion to recognize a great American soldier. Information about the services to mark his passing were found in stories on the oanow.com website titled: Funeral details announced for Lt. Gen. Hal Moore and ‘We Were Soldiers’ hero passes; the celebrated life story of a soldier, a leader, a father. The second story was submitted by Troy Turner – Editor at the Opelika-Auburn News tturner@oanow.com.

The retired general’s family put out the following details about funeral ceremonies:

Viewing will take place from 2-7 PM (Central Time) on Thursday at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home, 1500 Frederick Road in Opelika.

A funeral Mass will be held at 8:30 AM (Central Time) on Friday at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, 1100 N College Street in Auburn, followed by a memorial service at 1:00 PM (Eastern Time) at the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning. GA, 1775 Legacy Way, Columbus, GA, with interment to follow at the Fort Benning Post Cemetery.

The family will host a reception at the National Infantry Museum after the burial service. All are welcome to attend any or all of these events.

Moore gained fame for his performance as the 1st of the 7th Cavalry battalion commander during the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley in 1965, the first major battle of the Vietnam War. Joe Galloway contributed to a book written about the battle by Moore titled: “We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young.” Later the book was made into a movie titled: “We Were Soldiers” starring Mel Gibson who portrayed then LTC Moore. The two became friends and Gibson along with costar Vince Vaughn paid Moore a visit at his home in Auburn, Alabama a few weeks before the general passed away.

A description of the battle is provided on the podcast. All are invited to hear the reasons why Hal Moore is so highly regarded.

All are invited and encouraged to attend his funeral services and pay your respects to this true American hero.

 Actor Mel Gibson and Lieutenant General Hal Moore, vietnam veteran news, mack payne

Actor Mel Gibson and Lieutenant General Hal Moore arrive at the premiere of the movie “We Were Soldiers” February 25, 2002 in Westwood, CA. (Photo by J. Emilio Flores/Getty Images)

Mel Gibson and Hal Moore, vietnam veteran news, mack payne

Actor Mel Gibson poses with retired LTG Hal Moore during a recent visit to Moore’s home in Auburn, Alabama. Gibson portrayed Moore in the movie, “We Were Soldiers.”

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