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1SG Harvey L. Moore Jr.
from LaGrange, Georgia

1SG Moore served with: C_Co 1_75_Ranger_Bn

Born in 1955, Ranger Moore was 37 years old at the time of his death in 1992.


Complete biography is below the photo gallery
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1SG Harvey L. Moore Jr.'s Biography

First Sergeant Harvey L. Moore, Jr. was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame for his dedication to duty and contributions to the U.S. Army as a Ranger qualified leader. 1SG Moore was one of the 12 Special Operations troops killed when their helicopter crashed into Great Salt Lake in OCT 1992.

During his military service, 1SG Harvey L. Moore Jr. also served in 4th RTB

First Sergeant Harvey L. Moore, Jr. was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame for his dedication to duty and contributions to the U.S. Army as a Ranger qualified leader.

First Sergeant Moore began his career of military service as a Rifleman with the 4th Battalion, 54th Infantry in 1978.

He was assigned to 1st Battalion (Ranger), 75th Infantry Regiment in 1980 and served as a fire team leader and squad leader. During this period First Sergeant Moore consistently displayed unparalleled leadership and an innate ability to teach and coach Rangers. In 1984, First Sergeant Moore was selected to serve as a Reconnaissance Specialist for the 75th Ranger Regiment.

From 1986 to 1989, First Sergeant Moore served as a Ranger Instructor and Senior Ranger Instructor for 3rd Ranger Company, The School Brigade and 4th Ranger Training Battalion at Fort Benning, Georgia. First Sergeant Moore returned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in 1989 to serve as Platoon Sergeant, 3rd platoon, Company C.

First Sergeant Moore's awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with 3rd Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Grenada), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Bronze Arrowhead (Panama), National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Diver's Badge, British Army Parachutist Badge and the coveted Ranger Tab.


First Sergeant Harvey L. Moore was a native of LaGrange, Georgia. He entered the Army in 1978 at Fort Benning, Georgia.

First Sergeant Moore's assignments included: Rifleman, 4th Battalion, 54th Infantry, Fort Knox, Kentucky; M60 Ammunition Bearer, M60 Machine Gunner, Fire Team Leader, and Squad Leader, for 1st Battalion (Ranger), 75th Infantry Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia; Reconnaissance Specialist for HHC, 75th Ranger Regiment; Instructor, 3rd Ranger Company, the Student Brigade at Fort Benning, Georgia; Platoon sergeant and Senior Ranger Instructor, 4th Ranger Training Battalion at Fort Benning, Georgia; Platoon Sergeant for Company C, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia.

First Sergeant Moore was a graduate of Primary Non-commissioned Officer's Course, Basic Non-commissioned Officers Course, Advanced Non-commissioned Officers Course, Scout Swimmer, HALO School, HALO Jumpmaster School, Scuba School, and Dive Supervisor.

His awards and decorations included Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with 3rd Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster, Non-commissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Grenada), Army Forces Expeditionary Medal with Bronze Arrowhead (Panama), National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Good Conduct Medal with 4th Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Service Ribbon, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Diver's Badge, British Army Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab.

First Sergeant Moore was the 1985 winner of the prestigious David E. Grange, Jr. United States Army Best Ranger Competition. He was a veteran of Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada and Operation Just Cause in Panama. He was killed during Operation Embryo Stage, 29 October 1992, at Salt Lake City, Utah. On August 18, 1992, First Sergeant Harvey L. Moore had received notification of his promotion to Master Sergeant from David L. Grange. He was promoted posthumously.

In May of 1993, First Sergeant Harvey L. Moore, Jr. was recognized in his special place in regimental continuity, tradition and Esprit De Corps was granted and assigned the distinction of Distinguished Member of the 75th Ranger Regiment. On July 1993, First Sergeant Moore was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame for his dedication to duty and contributions to the U.S. Army as a Ranger qualified leader. It was noted that during his Army career, he consistently displayed unparalleled leadership and an innate ability to teach and coach Rangers. First Sergeant Moore's dedication to duty throughout his 14-year career brought immeasurable credit to himself, his country, and the U.S. Army Rangers. In November of 1995, a training field was dedicated as 1SG Harvey L. Moore Obstacle Course at Hunter Army Air Field. A memorial garden was named in his honor at Fort Benning, Georgia, and his dress uniform and beret have been displayed at the Darby Ranger Museum in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

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On October 29, 1992 a US Air Force Special Operations Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in the Great Salt Lake during a night training exercise called "Embryo Stage".

At approximately 9:15pm on October 29th, 1992 a USAF Special Operations MH-60G Pave Hawk was flying across the Great Salt Lake towards an airfield at Dugway Proving Grounds. In the darkness, and a driving rainstorm, the helo was flying very close to the surface when it impacted the causeway stretching to Antelope Island. The Blackhawk careened into the ten foot deep dark water and burst into flames.

Twelve Special Operations troops were killed. Five were Rangers (four from 1/75 and one from 3/75) and seven Airmen. One of the pilots was pulled from the burning debris in the water by heroic actions of three Rangers.

Crash response was provided from Hill AFB Disaster Control Group and included elements of the Mobile Command Post, Security Police and Medical Team. Additional agencies that responded included more than 100 people from the Davis County Sheriff’s Department, Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, AirMed Service, Life Flight Helicopter, American Red Cross, Utah State Parks and Recreation, and the Davis County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue. Rescue efforts by helicopter and boat continued until 2am MST on Oct 30, 1992, by which time three bodies had been recovered. Due to deteriorating weather conditions, the on-scene commander postponed search operations at that time. Search operations resumed at approximately 6am MST, Oct 30, 1992. Nine bodies found floating in a pile of helicopter wreckage debris were recovered by approximately 11am MST 4.5 miles northwest of the crash site. The search was hampered by heavy rain, high winds and lightning.

Twelve of the thirteen special operators on the helo died in the crash. They will never be forgotten.
Please refer to the website at http://ARide2Remember.com for mor information on the casualties of this disaster.

First Sergeant Moore was quoted in The LaGrange Daily News in 1988 as saying: "To be a Ranger, you must expect more of a challenge from the Army. On the other hand, the Army expects more from you. As a Ranger, you are a marked man, regardless of what unit you are assigned to. If there is something difficult to do, all you hear is, "let him do it, he's a Ranger." He wanted to be part of that organization, a unit of pride, and to be challenged as a person."

First Sergeant Moore's dedication to duty throughout his 14 year career brines immeasurable credit to himself, his country, and the U.S. Army Rangers.

RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!!!




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# Deke Dedrich 2015-08-30 23:24
rest in peace my friend until me meet again
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# Susan Hunt Chaney 2016-05-30 11:37
Loved our friendship. You are gone but never forgotten. Rest in Peace Harvey Lee♡
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# MGySgt James Beck 2017-08-25 12:21
I'm a retired Marine with great respect for the Rangers. My brother Richard was a Japanese POW in Bataan and was rescued with the remaining troops by the 9th Rangers. The next day after the rescue the Japanese were planning on executing the whole camp. Richard was a member of the Bataan Death March.
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