Mousa Namjoo

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Mousa Namjoo
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Minister of National Defense
In office
2 September 1981 – 29 September 1981
PresidentMohammad-Ali Rajai
Prime MinisterMohammad-Javad Bahonar
Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani
Preceded byJavad Fakoori
Succeeded byMohammad Salimi
Personal details
Born17 December 1938
Bandar-e Anzali, Iran
Died29 September 1981(1981-09-29) (aged 42)
Kahrizak District, Tehran, Iran
Alma materOfficers' School
Military service
Service/branchGround Force
Years of service1958–1981
Battles/warsIran–Iraq War
AwardsOrder of Nasr Ribbon.svg Order of Nasr

Sayyed Mousa Namjoo (Persian: موسی نامجو‎, 17 December 1938 – 29 September 1981) was an Iranian military officer who served as the minister of defense and armed forces logistics.


Namjoo was born in Bandar-e Anzali on 17 December 1938.[2] He graduated from Imam Ali Military University.[3] He was married and had three children.[4]

He worked at the National Military Academy with the rank of colonel.[5][6] He was instrumental in developing a cooperation between the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps and army before and during the Iran Iraq war.[6] He also fought in the war.[7] He was appointed minister of defense and armed forces logistics to the interim government led by Prime Minister Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani on 2 September 1981.[8]

Namjoo was killed in a plane crash together with 80 other people on 29 September 1981 near Tehran.[5][7][9] The aircraft was a US-made C-130 Hercules transport plane.[10][11] Other leading military figures killed in the crash were Valiollah Fallahi, Javad Fakoori and Yousef Kolahdouz.[12][13] On 1 October 1981, a funeral service was held for Namjoo and other victims at the military academy in Tehran.[10]


A book, entitled A Man with Orange Color, was published by Ezzatollah Alvandi in 2005 concerning Namjoo's biography.[14]


  1. ^ Nikola B. Schahgaldian, Gina Barkhordarian (March 1987), The Iranian Military Under the Islamic Republic (PDF), RAND, ISBN 0-8330-0777-7, retrieved 15 January 2017
  2. ^ Alvandi, Ezzatolah (2005). مردی به رنگ پرتقال (شهید سید موسی نامجو) (in Persian). Tehran: Shahed. ISBN 964-394-210-4.
  3. ^ شهید سرلشکر موسی نامجوی وب‌گاه رسمی وزارت دفاع ایران] Ministry of Defense
  4. ^ خاطراتی ازشهید سرتیپ خلبان سید موسی نامجو وب‌گاه رسمی مرتضی آوینی] Aviny
  5. ^ a b "The Revolutionary Period". Country Data. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  6. ^ a b "National security". Pars Times. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  7. ^ a b Kiefner, John (1 October 1981). "4 military chiefs in Iran are killed in a plane crash". The New York Times. Beirut. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  8. ^ Hosseini, Mir M. "Interim Government Formed". Fouman. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Chronological Listing of Iranian Losses & Ejections". History. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Crash kills Iranian military leaders". Herald Journal. Beirut. AP. 1 October 1981. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  11. ^ "103 Reported Killed as Iranian Army Plane Crashes; Altimeter Suspected". Los Angeles Times. Tehran. 4 November 1984. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Iranian military aircraft crashes". Sarasota Journal. UPI. 30 September 1981. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  13. ^ Sepehr Zabir (25 February 2011). Iran Since the Revolution (RLE Iran A). Routledge. p. 194. ISBN 978-0-415-61069-8. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  14. ^ "Biography of Martyr Namjoo". Tehran: Shahed. 16 September 2005. Retrieved 27 June 2013.