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Benson Turns Out to Lay Paratrooper to Rest With Tears, Salutes

Posted May 3, 2007

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— Staff Sgt. William C. Moore was laid to rest in his hometown Thursday, a week and three days after he and eight comrades from his 82nd Airborne Division unit died in the deadliest attack on Fort Bragg troops since Vietnam.

In Benson, far from Baghdad, people saluted the paratrooper as Moore’s funeral procession made its way down Main Street.

"This town came together like I never believed,” Mayor Jerry McLamb said after the funeral procession had passed down Main Street.

Moore, 27, known as Clint, was South Johnston High School class of ‘98. He was on his second tour of duty in Iraq when he died.

Mourners along the route included old and young, civilian and military. The cortege proceeded past the Junior ROTC members standing in salute, state Highway Patrol troopers with white gloves, past tears wiped from faces and tears shielded behind sunglasses.

McLamb had tears, too.

“It's a hard time. I'm proud of the town, proud of the man that went over there and gave his life,” the mayor said.

"Well, it was almost like a family member of our own,” Danny Wood said after the hearse passed him, his wife, Teresa, and their children.

"We wanted to show to our children what it means to show respect to our military,” Teresa Wood said.

"This is just important, that we honor these people that are giving their lives every day,” Linda Oliver said.

Moore had gone to Iraq in August. He was buried at Banner Chapel Church cemetery outside Benson.


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  • narcolepsy123456 May 4, 2007

    Rest in peace and God speed, we could only hope to be half the man you were.

  • ghimmy47 May 4, 2007

    Clint, I'm sorry we sent you there and I'm even sorrier we let this well-intentioned but useless war drag on for 5 long years of pain. Rest in peace.

  • armywife573 May 4, 2007

    The friends and family of 5/73 will miss SSGT Moore. We are praying for his family.

  • BLA BLA BLA May 4, 2007

    RIP brother, your struggle will not go in vain.

  • MajorLeagueinfidel May 3, 2007

    R.I.P Warrior...thanks to you and your family for your sacrifice thank god their are people of your make-up on the fenceline protecting our society and helping the innocent and defenseless. Small Town USA is alive and well.........

  • weasleyes May 3, 2007

    God bless this hero, his family, and Benson!

  • WhyWhyWhy May 3, 2007

    God Bless this family and all our troops serving. Benson- thank you for teaching your children about honor and interity... Wake County could use some of that!

  • patriot May 3, 2007

    Thank you Staff Sgt. William C. Moore, and thank you Benson for honoring this patriot.