Julie Moore - Wife of Hal Moore

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This image depicts a photograph of Julie Compton Moore. She is highly recognized for changing the U.S. Army's death-notification procedures when a soldier is killed-in-action. 

Because of Julie Moore, the Army now sends a chaplain and officer to deliver the devastating news, rather than just sending a telegram via a taxi driver.

From the National Infantry Museum we learn these facts:

Julie’s husband, LTC Hal Moore (later LTG Moore), commanded the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, in the battle of the la Drang Valley in Vietnam. It was the first major battle for American troops in Vietnam, lasted 3 days and saw numerous fatalities.

Living at Fort Benning, Julie’s heart stopped when she saw a taxi driver at her front door. She learned he was not handing over a notice of her husband’s death, but was trying to find the address of another wife, whose husband had died in the battle.

She followed him to the new widow’s house and took it upon herself to be with and support the women who learned their husbands had been killed in action.

This was a profound change from the way people were receiving bad news about their family members who had died during the Vietnam War.

As the daughter, wife and mother of Army personnel, Julie had a keen sense of the responsibility that the U.S. government had for properly notifying families. Even if the military was overwhelmed with the increasing numbers of fallen service members, Julie believed there was no excuse for delivering the news in a heartless fashion.

Two weeks after taking responsible decision makers to task, for their callous procedures, Julie succeeded in changing the notification system. Her actions started another process—one by which Army family members are not just abandoned after the notification is made.

Like other military wives, whose husbands are gone for long periods of time serving their country or fighting in wars, Julie More raised her five children essentially alone. She lived to the age of 75 and died in 2004.

She now rests in the Fort Benning Cemetery, near the graves of her parents.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Aug 29, 2017

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Image online, courtesy the National Infantry Museum website.



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