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Benson Honors Fallen Native Son

Posted May 3, 2007

— The town of Benson was decked out in red, white and blue Thursday to honor Staff Sgt. William C. “Clint” Moore, one of nine members of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division who died in an attack in Iraq more than a week ago.

The town had an unmistakable air of patriotism that is visible on mailboxes, on storefronts and along the streets, on lampposts and waving overhead.

“It just broke my heart when I rode by the next morning and saw everything that I just wished he could see what Benson has done for him,” said business owner Libby Johnson.

In 2003, Moore's alma mater, South Johnston High School, honored him after his first deployment. He didn't make it back from a second. So now, in preparation for a final goodbye, the town is giving back to someone who gave it all.

“I called and ordered all the red,white and blue ribbon I could find, and in two days it was all gone,” business owner Richard Davis said.

The ribbon went into more than 100 bows that have been put up, along with flags, up and own Main Street, where Moore's casket will pass Thursday afternoon.

“I just think it's important that the town as a whole, the community comes together and shows some token of appreciation for what he did for us, Chamber of Commerce President Scott Tart said.

People in the community might not have know Moore, but they said the red, the white and the blue in the town are for all soldiers, a thank-you to those still serving and an honor to those who didn't make it home.


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  • packandcanesfan May 4, 2007

    What a wonderful tribute to this young man. Reading comments from the ones of you that were there, made me cry. I know his family had so much pride to see such respect for their boy on his last trip home.

  • LadyG May 3, 2007

    Today, I witnessed the most respectful sight I've ever seen. As Sgt. Moore's body passed by, a hush fell over a crowd of hundreds and hundreds of people. Hands were over hearts, salutes were given. Not a sound. No whispers, no cell phones, just silence. As moving as this experience was, it does not come close to what the citizens of Benson were feeling in their hearts. To Sgt. Moore, many thanks for serving us...for our freedoms that we too often take for granted. To the Moore family, sympathy for the excruciating loss, and prayers for comfort and peace. To the citizens of Benson, thanks...for showing the world that goodness, kindness, patriotism, and respect are still here with us. Rest in peace, Sgt. Moore, and God Bless his family. God Bless the USA.

  • NC_VET May 3, 2007

    wveagleson this is what I mean "THIS YOUNG MAN AND THE OTHERS SHOULD NOT HAVE DIED IN THIS WAR!!!!!!!!!

    This brave young man died serving his country - Honor him for
    his service, for his dedication, and for his valor. Don't
    bring your personal beliefs into this memorial of SSgt Moore.

  • are we there yet May 3, 2007

    My heart goes out to this family. Thank you SSG Moore for fighting for my rights and freedom. This world needs more selfless people like you.

    But, I was just wondering if anyone else noticed....

    There is all the talk of "Treasuring the American Flag...."; "Respecting our Military"; "Patriotism that is needed all over America"; Honor this, respect that, patriotism for..... How about Honor, respect and patriotism for our flag. All the small flags that were stuck in the ground beside the trees down Main Street are all dragging the ground. Do you really think SSG Moore would warrant this as acceptable patriotism and respect??

  • wveagleson May 3, 2007

    NC_VET - I haven't said anything do disrespect or dishonor this brave young man as well as the other 3,000+ that have died in that war. If you support GW's decision, that's fine. I still maintain - THIS YOUNG MAN AND THE OTHERS SHOULD NOT HAVE DIED IN THIS WAR!!!!!!!!!

    Also, I did send out well wishes and blessings to his family. I also have the right to express how I feel. If he had been my son, you really would have heard someting.

  • ALLYCAT1313 May 3, 2007

    I am so honored to have known Clint and to have been a part of such a beautiful service today. Anyone who knew Clint, knows that he would be so proud of the patriotism and respect that was shown for him today in Benson and he would have loved to see those little children standing outside of their school holding their little flags with their little hands over their hearts. I am humbled at the outpouring of appreciation that was shown for Clint. Job well done Clint and we all love and miss you.

  • tmedlin May 3, 2007

    God bless Sgt. Moore. If you want to show your support for the troops, a non-partisan, not for profit group is planning rallies in every state capital on 07/07/07. Go to www.americarising.org for more information on how you can help celebrate the lives and the bravery of all our troops.

  • melissagilbert02 May 3, 2007

    Thank God for places like Benson, where the important things are still important.

  • NC_VET May 3, 2007

    wveagleson = you comments are just wrong and if bad taste, This
    young man served his country - right or wrong. Leave the politicial bs at home and honor this brave young soldier who died for doing his duty. As a son of a Navy Pearl Harbor survivor, I served in Vietnam ( 2 tours ), my oldest served in Desert Storm 1 and Somilia, and my youngest is a Marine who has
    done two tours of duty in Iraq. SSgt Moore may god hold you in
    his right hand as you did your country pround. I salute you.

  • historian1 May 3, 2007

    Miss Libby, He saw it, you just didn't see him but he was there!
    God Bless Him !