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Durham widow gets husband's 11 Army honors

Posted April 16, 2014

— Decades after his service to his country ended, Army Corporal Donald “Buddy” Moore got the honors he earned Wednesday. Moore's widow, Wanda, accepted 11 medals and awards on his behalf for service in World War II and the Korean War.

Moore's service record was damaged, along with those of numerous others, in a fire at the National Personnel Records Center in the 1970s. It was only recently that remnants were pieced together to confirm the honors he earned.

Sen. Kay Hagan presented the awards, including the Bronze Star, in a ceremony at Durham's Croasdaile Village. 

"It is brave individuals like Corporal Buddy Moore who make this country strong, and we will never forget his service and his sacrifice,” Hagan said.

Moore served with the U.S. Army 91st Infantry Division, 362nd Infantry regiment as a heavy machine gun operator in Northern Africa and Southern Italy during World War II. He also served in the 11th Airborne Military Policy Company during the Korean War. 


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  • Jim Buchanan Apr 16, 2014
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    Thank you and rest in peace, Buddy Moore! And for Wanda, thank you for allow us to honor your husband in this way. Please forgive our government for not making this possible while your husband was still with us. It would have been an honor to have sat down with Mr. Moore and chatted with him. My father was in WWII and the Korean Conflict but rarely spoke of it. I am sure Mr. Moore was the same way.

    God bless you and your family!

  • dwr1964 Apr 16, 2014

    No surprise. The government can take dozens of years to get something right, but they expect you to continually do more and give more to fund complete incompetence.

    God bless you Wanda.

  • Donna Dearing Apr 16, 2014
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    Why didn't he get them decades ago when he earned them? As far as "we will never forget his service and his sacrifice" Just more gov'ment hog wash! He was forgotten along time ago by his country. God bless you Wanda Moore...you have sacrificed too!