George F. Moore (general)

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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 at 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.[1]


George Flemming 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.

He began serving as a major and lieutenant colonel during World War I before returning to Texas A&M as Commandant of Cadets from 1937–1940, where he was promoted to colonel.[2][3]

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, at the time of the 1941 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.[4]

He was married to Lucile (Lucille) Griffith (March 10, 1892, Washington – April 5, 1972, San Francisco County, California, burial: Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California – Father: John Williams Griffith – Mother: Mary Elizabeth Fox). Daughter: Mrs. Anne Moore Browne (Mrs. Burton R.) (also found as Ann Brown).


Moore died on December 2, 1949, and is buried at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California. Cause of death: suicide.


Major General George F. Moore received during his career some of the Army´s highest decorations. His decorations list include: Distinguished Service Cross and Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.[5] Here is his whole ribbon bar:

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 Service Stars World War II Victory Medal Philippine Defense Medal w/ Bronze star

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