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Copperhead310th
02-13-2007, 07:34 PM
I've read books, seen the movie, and heard countless stories from my dad as a kid and other Veit Nam vets sbout this man. A born leader than any solder would follow, that commanded respect and admeration from thos he lead and those he took his orders from. And in one of lifes funny twists of fate today, i got to meet this man, look him in the eye, shake his hand and say thak you Sir for all you've done for our country.

The man is Lt. General Harold G. "Hal" Moore.

I had NO idea that Gen. Moore has a home in Auburn, Alabama. But he doese. So in my line of work 'im either all over town one day or in some other part of the state. and Auburn is only 60 miles from my hometown (Montgomery)
So i had a delivery in the Auburn area, to Auburn University to be exact, so this morning i find my self fueling up the company truck at a conveance stoore right off the interstate before i head back down to Montgomery.
So as i'm standingthere at the pump i notice an elderly gentalan fuling up on the other side of the pump, WEARING A US ARMY 1ST CALV BASEBALL CAP. Upon notice the cap i just offhandedly mention to him that my Uncle Morris (dad's older brother) was 1st Calv in Korea. to wich the gentalmen replied, "really, what was his his name and rank might know him". Which i found rather puzzling since this man was well into his 80's, and "Unc" is only in his mid/ late 60's. So i told him i wasn't sure on his rank, i knew he was a sargent but couldn't be sure. E5, E6 maybey. And his name is Morris Henderson. Well he didn't know him, but just the way he asked kinda made me wonder how he would know some one, so i asked him his name, and he said i'm Hal Moore. At which my jaw imediatly hit the concreet. Deasil fuel spiiled every where. lol He said "Son are you alright?"
to wich i stammerd umm yesser General Moore sir. it's an honnor sir. i...i i...i've read you b..bbook. "Son i'm not a General anymore i retired ages ago, just call me Hal.
at which point he stck out his hand and i introduced my salef and thanked him for his service, and told him how much a hero he was of mine and how much i enjoyed his book. then i quickly got off a few questions. Which was verry gracious to anwser, and he took 10 whole miuntes out of his day to talk to me. i was compleatly humbled. and this was one of the great moments of my life, and a 10-15 min. conversation i'll remember for the rest of it.

Just thought i'd share this.
And for those who don't Know just who hal moore is........

Lieutenant General Harold G. Moore (USA Retired)
Founder, The National Endowment for The Public Trust


General Hal Moore was graduated from West Point in 1945 and completed advanced studies at George Washington University and Harvard. He is a Master parachutist with over 300 jumps and pioneered the sport of skydiving in the 1940's. He was a paratrooper in Japan and at Ft. Bragg, NC. While at Ft. Bragg, he volunteered for the Army's Airborne Test Section and, for three years, jump-tested experimental parachutes and associated equipment for the Army, Air Force, and C.I.A 135 times with several near-death experiences. He is a qualified Army helicopter pilot.

In November 1965, he and his under-strength battalion of 450 troopers fought and won the first major battle of the American War in Vietnam against over 2,000 North Vietnamese Regulars. Based on that battle, General Moore co-authored with journalist Joseph Galloway the #1 New York Times Bestseller, We Were Soldiers Once and Young published in 1992. The movie "We Were Soldiers," based on the book and staring Mel Gibson as Lt. Col. Hal Moore, was released by Paramount in March 2002. General Moore returned to Vietnam seven times to met and walk battlefields with commanders who opposed him in battle.

General Moore commanded two Infantry Companies in the Korean War. Other service includes NATO duty in Norway, command of the 17,000 man Infantry Division in Korea, command of a large Army post of over 35,000 in California, and Personnel Chief of the Army. After 32 years, General Moore retired from the Army. His proudest achievement is that in numerous battles and two wars he never lost a soldier P.O.W. or M.I.A. After retirement from the military, he was executive vice president of a major Colorado ski area for four years.

General Moore holds two Combat Infantry Badges, The Purple Heart, and the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest award for valor. He received accelerated promotions six times. In 2000, he was appointed "Doughboy of the Year" by the Army Chief of Infantry and received the President's Award for the Arts from the Vietnam Veterans of America Association. In February 2003, General Moore was selected by the U.S. Military Academy Association of Graduates as a "Distinguished Graduate." In 2005, General Moore received the Abraham Lincoln Award from the Union League of Philadelphia for Distinguished Service to the United States of America. He also received the John Reagan "Tex" McCrary Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

A long time warrior for ethical leadership, Gen. Moore is the founder of The National Endowment for The Public Trust, based in Atlanta, GA, with Ambassador Andrew Young as Honorary Chair. This educational institution works to advance public trust and principled and just leadership in America. Several signature leadership projects unique in content and leadership are underway, including establishment of The Home of the Brave Center. Moore is an active national speaker on leadership principles and values. His lessons are highly sought after by corporate America, and he has been selected to speak in 2006 on National Public Radio's "This I Believe" series.

General Moore has five children. His wife, Julie, of 55 years passed away in April 2004. He lives in Auburn, AL and Crested Butte, CO.

Esel1964
02-13-2007, 07:51 PM
Very cool! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
Congrats.

Widowmaker214
02-13-2007, 07:53 PM
Im over in MS. Didn't even know he lived in Auburn. Now that was an honor Im sure.

Now how accurate the movie was I cant be positive but that is a must view.
An amazing man.

Hrdina
02-13-2007, 08:40 PM
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stalkervision
02-13-2007, 09:25 PM
Pretty cool. I once knew an actual luftwaffe pilot. He discribed attacking b-17 formations and from what he said it wasn't the most pleasent of experiances.. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif

DocD1960
02-13-2007, 09:57 PM
I'm also over in MS and could only hope to run into him one day, that'd be awesome. Congrats on your meeting a hero of mine.

Bo_Nidle
02-13-2007, 10:38 PM
Its moments like that that make life worth living. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

papotex
02-13-2007, 11:04 PM
you see how the world turns...its amazing

great man he is

JG52Karaya-X
02-14-2007, 01:11 AM
Originally posted by BillyTheKid_22:

Lt.Genreal Harold G. "Hal" Moore, I did read it!! Cool!!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Yea, fine, care to take out the first pic maybe?

BillyTheKid_22
02-14-2007, 01:24 AM
Originally posted by JG52Karaya-X:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by BillyTheKid_22:

Lt.Genreal Harold G. "Hal" Moore, I did read it!! Cool!!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Yea, fine, care to take out the first pic maybe? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


What About Out of first pic?

F19_Olli72
02-14-2007, 02:05 AM
Originally posted by BillyTheKid_22:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by JG52Karaya-X:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by BillyTheKid_22:

Lt.Genreal Harold G. "Hal" Moore, I did read it!! Cool!!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Yea, fine, care to take out the first pic maybe? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


What About Out of first pic? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Because its against forum rules thats why.

MrMojok
02-14-2007, 02:34 AM
Hold on, lads. He may not be dead, he may just be assuming the "cheiu hoi" position. Kind of like our pilots do in the game when you bail out while sitting on the ground.

Choctaw111
02-14-2007, 04:32 AM
It is always an honor to meet a great man like that but to just "bump" into him is incredible. That will be something you can tell your grandchildren about. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Zeus-cat
02-14-2007, 05:39 AM
Tell me you only spilled fuel on yourself and not the general. Congrats!

carguy_
02-14-2007, 05:48 AM
One day ban for the picture,be sure.

TgD Thunderbolt56
02-14-2007, 05:59 AM
He was the Guy Mel Gibson played in the flick "We Were Soldiers".

general_kalle
02-14-2007, 06:00 AM
my grandfather have seen Goering in copenhagen.
just seen him no more.

Diablo310th
02-14-2007, 06:08 AM
Copperhead....fantastic. I can jsut imagine how excited you were and what an honor. Thanks for the story.

MEGILE
02-14-2007, 06:28 AM
Originally posted by MrMojok:
Hold on, lads. He may not be dead, he may just be assuming the "cheiu hoi" position. Kind of like our pilots do in the game when you bail out while sitting on the ground.

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

LEXX_Luthor
02-14-2007, 08:39 AM
Thanks copperhead.

Years ago at an old job (campground) I was filling an RV propane tank, and it had a P-47 bumper sticker. I asked the old man about it and he said he flew during the Bulge battle. One camper with Britt accent, very old at the time, had flown Hawker Fury biplanes, and I told him they were the most beautiful planes ever made. He agreed of course.

Bewolf
02-14-2007, 09:07 AM
Impressive! I am not just a bit envious there.

BillyTheKid_22
02-14-2007, 12:39 PM
http://thecia.com.au/reviews/w/images/we-were-soldiers-2.jpg



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MB_Avro_UK
02-14-2007, 04:19 PM
Great post http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

And he seems to be a modest guy as all heroes are...

Best Regards,
MB_Avro

Copperhead310th
02-14-2007, 08:31 PM
but ya know what really sucks. and i didn't even think about it at the time. I DIDN't Ask for his Autograph!!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

I dunno would that have even been apropriat?
maybe i could mail him a copy of his book, with return postage and maybe he'd sighn it for me. :-)

or would that be too far out of the way.

and no i didn't spill any fuel on the Gemeral, just me and the truck. lol

VMF-214_HaVoK
02-14-2007, 09:28 PM
Originally posted by JG52Karaya-X:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by BillyTheKid_22:

Lt.Genreal Harold G. "Hal" Moore, I did read it!! Cool!!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Yea, fine, care to take out the first pic maybe? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Use your hide post feature if your that offended by it. Pretty simple. Or you could not have posted at all.

F19_Olli72
02-15-2007, 02:40 AM
Originally posted by VMF-214_HaVoK:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by JG52Karaya-X:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by BillyTheKid_22:

Lt.Genreal Harold G. "Hal" Moore, I did read it!! Cool!!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Yea, fine, care to take out the first pic maybe? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Use your hide post feature if your that offended by it. Pretty simple. Or you could not have posted at all. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

You know well that this forum isnt about free speech. This is a moderated forums with rules set by UBI. If you or someone else doesnt like it, dont post here. Even simpler. Theres lots of other forums around that allows stuff UBI doesnt.

Copperhead310th
02-15-2007, 05:34 AM
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F19_Olli72
02-15-2007, 07:32 AM
I dont make up the rules, UBI does. If you have a problem with it, take it up with the mods. Or maybe you should stop posting and just go away. Thank you, and have a nice day http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

mllaneza
02-15-2007, 02:11 PM
That's a fortuitous meeting indeed.

Say what you will about Mel Gibson, but if he ends up playing you in a historical film, you're a major bad***.

BillyTheKid_22
02-15-2007, 02:19 PM
I am sorry!!! I don't know!!!!



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Copperhead310th
02-15-2007, 05:45 PM
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Copperhead310th
02-15-2007, 05:46 PM
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F19_Orheim
02-15-2007, 06:43 PM
That's a great story copper... stuff like that makes you smile the whole week. Unfortunately I don't have any heroes like that... well except a musician or two - and a few "ordinary" men and women who act upon social injustice - civil rights heroes et al.
. But I can totally relate to the feeling. Thanx for the report mate.

Oh and don't be upset with olli, I am quite certain that his intent was not to hijack the thread. It was a unnecessary "graphic pic" and just a reminder about the rules about such pics in here. You see paragraphs like that everywhere. Fortunately. Otherwise I am sure this forum would look a lot more gruesome. So please don't wreck your own thread. And well.. to be honest.. you were a bit rude there with all the namecallings and all. Cheers.

Carry on guys.

BSS_Goat
02-16-2007, 07:20 AM
That's what I love about this forum..... the camaraderie always makes me a little misty eyed.

MEGILE
02-16-2007, 07:38 AM
Take a camera with you next time copper http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

ploughman
02-16-2007, 07:40 AM
Great story Copper. Hal Moore sounds like a proper hero and a real gent ta' boot.

crazyivan1970
02-16-2007, 11:22 AM
Copper, vacation for a week - for language and personal attacks. I asked you 1000 times to control your temper you crazy man you. Cool off and come back next Friday http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

I`ll leave thread open.

ploughman
02-16-2007, 01:43 PM
He's gone for a week? Great. Now he won't go postal if I post this. Here's a story I always liked about the one of Hal Moore's guys in the Ia Drang Valley battle.

Rick Rescorla was born at the begining of World War Two but as a youngster never forgot the American soldiers he met around his hometown of Hays in Cornwall prior to the Normandy Invasion. Rick went on to join the British Army and served as a paratrooper, and then as a policeman in Rhodesia. On leaving service Rick found himself at a loose end and a friend of his he'd met in Africa convinced him to join the US Army, an organisation Rick had always held in the highest esteem and so, after training and officer selection he becoming a platoon leader in the 2nd Bt, 7th Cav. Reg, 1st Cavalry Div. Serving in the Ia Drang Battle Col. Moore payed him a great complement by calling him "the best platoon leader I ever saw."

Rick is the man in this iconic photo.

http://www.lzxray.com/18.jpg


Rick survived his service and, in 1968 became and American citizen but Rick's story doesn't dim into normalcy, as security director for Morgan Stanley, he died when Tower 1 of the WTC fell on September 11. Rick is credited with saving thousands of lives by his rapid and insistent evacuation of the tower. He could have saved himself but insisted on returning to the structure to help others.

Rick was the kind of bloke who always headed towards the sound of the guns.

Bearcat99
02-16-2007, 07:25 PM
Well you must still be shakin and awestruck buddy cause your spelling in the original post just mutilates the English language all to hell... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

Great post... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/touche.gif

heywooood
02-17-2007, 02:29 PM
Originally posted by Ploughman:
He's gone for a week? Great. Now he won't go postal if I post this. Here's a story I always liked about the one of Hal Moore's guys in the Ia Drang Valley battle.

Rick Rescorla was born at the begining of World War Two but as a youngster never forgot the American soldiers he met around his hometown of Hays in Cornwall prior to the Normandy Invasion. Rick went on to join the British Army and served as a paratrooper, and then as a policeman in Rhodesia. On leaving service Rick found himself at a loose end and a friend of his he'd met in Africa convinced him to join the US Army, an organisation Rick had always held in the highest esteem and so, after training and officer selection he becoming a platoon leader in the 2nd Bt, 7th Cav. Reg, 1st Cavalry Div. Serving in the Ia Drang Battle Col. Moore payed him a great complement by calling him "the best platoon leader I ever saw."

Rick is the man in this iconic photo.

http://www.lzxray.com/18.jpg


Rick survived his service and, in 1968 became and American citizen but Rick's story doesn't dim into normalcy, as security director for Morgan Stanley, he died when Tower 1 of the WTC fell on September 11. Rick is credited with saving thousands of lives by his rapid and insistent evacuation of the tower. He could have saved himself but insisted on returning to the structure to help others.

Rick was the kind of bloke who always headed towards the sound of the guns.


Rick Rescorlas' story is as inspiring as any I've ever heard. The survivors he helped that day seem awestruck when they recount his actions. Truly amazing, as was all of the effort put forth by NYC fire and rescue crews and first responders on Sept 11

Thanks for posting that Ploughman.