Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

James Lee Moore

Roseburg, Oregon

January 26, 2005

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
24 Marine Cpl

1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force

Marine Corps Base Hawaii

 Died when the CH-53E helicopter they were in crashed near Ar Rutbah, Iraq.

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February 3, 2005

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January 26, 2010

James Lee Moore 
Obituary
James Lee Moore February 3, 1980 - January 26, 2005 James Lee Moore, 24, a United States Marine Corporal, perished on January 26, 2005, in the line of duty due to a helicopter crash in the country of Iraq. James was born on February 3, 1980, in the town of Roseburg, Oregon, (Douglas County), to Darlene and Garry Moore. He graduated from Roseburg High School in 1999. James joined the United States Marine Corps in December of 2001. He attained the rank of Corporal on December 1, 2004. His military experiences include being stationed in the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California; the School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton, California; and the Marine Corps Base in Kaneohe, Hawaii. James also traveled to Okinawa, Japan, Thailand, andcompleted training excursions in Kuwait. In September of 2004, James was ordered to Iraq where he served in the Infantry as a Rifleman until his death. In his military career, James received the following honors and awards: Combat Action Ribbon; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal 2nd Award; Sea Service Deployment Ribbons 2nd Award; National Defense Service Medal; Rifle Expert 2nd Award; and Pistol Sharpshooter. James was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, 1st Marine Division. James came from a long line of family members who served their country in the military. His great-grandfather (mother's side), Oscar Lake, served in the Army and participated in WWI; his grandfather (mother's side), Robert Lake, served in the Air Force; his grandfather (father's side), J. Alvin Moore, served in the Army and participated in the Korean War; his father, Garry Moore, served in the Army; his uncle, Robert Moore served in the Navy and participated in WWII; his uncle, Dean Moore served in the Army and participated in WWI; his uncle, Oscar Moore served in the Army and participated in the Korean War; and his step-brother, Philip Meisner served in the Marines. James was born and raised in Roseburg. He attended a portion of his junior high school experience in Victor, Montana. During his junior year of high school, he lived in Long Beach, Washington and attended Ilwaco High School. After graduating from Roseburg High School, James spent time living in Roseburg; State College, Pennsylvania; as well as Corvallis, Oregon, working as a supervisor for the Office Max Corporation in all three locations. James was an avid outdoorsman, cherishing hunting and fishing. He enjoyed camping, shooting, gun collecting, outdoor recreational activities, and spending time with his family and friends. Upon being honorably discharged from the Marines, James was looking forward to possible careers in the law enforcement field or as a hunting and fishing guide. James is survived by his mother, Darlene Moore; his father, Garry Moore; his grandparents, Robert and Cleone (Tillie) Lake (mother's side), and Sue-Lane Moore (father's side); his sister and her husband, Melissa and Mark Andrews; his nieces, Malia and Maia Andrews, ages 5 and 9 1/2 months; his father's companion, Suzanne Henson-Moore; his step-brothers, Jason and Philip Meisner; and close personal family friends, Mickey and Jamie Stewart. James is also survived by numerous cousins and other relatives, and many friends. A memorial service will be held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Thursday, February 3, 2005, at 1 p.m. Karen Goirigolzarri, principal of Roseburg High School, will officiate. Entombment will be in the Roseburg Veterans Memorial Cemetery during a private ceremony for relatives only at an unannounced time. Relatives and friends are welcome at the Chapel of the Roses Funeral Home, located at 965 W. Harvard Ave. on Wednesday, February 2, 2005, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. for visitation with the family. In lieu flowers, memorial funds have been established in the name of the James Lee Moore Scholarship Foundation. The Foundation is being established to educationally support families and children who are disenfranchised due to the casualties of war. Donations may be sent to: The James Lee Moore Scholarship Foundation, Care of Darlene Moore, 475 Clover Lane, Roseburg, OR 97470. The family would like to thank all the relatives, friends, community establishments and businesses, as well as local and state governmental officials for their help, strength, and support. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/centredaily/obituary.aspx?pid=3114065#sthash.tCJlX7TQ.dpuf
Published in Centre Daily Times on Feb. 2, 2005
Cpl James Lee Moore, USMC
Feb 3, 1980 - Jan 26, 2005
stationed out of Kanehoe Bay, HI
James was just one of 31 fellow marines and sailors traveling into Rutbah, Iraq
to provide security for the Iraqi citizens to participate safely in their
first election following the battle of Fallujah - through which these young
Marines fought valiantly in what would come to be known as the fiercest urban-
style fighting ever seen by our modern day military. The CH53 they were riding
took off first of three similar troop transports under the cover of darkness
and almost immediately was in a sandstorm and the ensuing battle between chopper and desert was over as quickly as it had began. No survivors. James last
request to his immediate family was expressed in a final letter to his step-
mother dated just a few days before his death and directly regarding a fresh
outlook and insight he had gained along with a newly founded maturity that he
obviously discovered while finding within himself the strengths of leadership,
salvation, and motivating fellow Marines to survive and find strength within
themselves to see the task at hand as an opportunity to place their profound
bootprint on the map of history and to change the face of an entire country as
he learned to recognize and respect and honor the greatest gift our freedoms
allow. 

The priceless gift of "family loving family" - all of those who have
gone on before us and especially those who will follow long after we are gone.
"Family" is the firm foundation our country and our aspirations, dreams,and
hopes have steadily relied on as a model to organize and prioritize in the found-
ing of this great nation and in assisting the oppressed of other nations to define
their own futures based on the value placed on family.

Soldier from Roseburg killed in Iraq chopper crash

Associated Press

ROSEBURG, Ore. — A Marine from Roseburg was among 31 soldiers killed this week when a military transport helicopter crashed in western Iraq, family members said Thursday.

Cpl. James Lee Moore, 24, is the 38th person with Oregon ties to die in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Members of Moore’s family said he had been inside the helicopter along with 29 other Marines and one sailor, all but four of whom were from a Marine Corps base in Kailua, Hawaii.

The cause of the crash is unknown. Military officials said there was severe weather in the desert the helicopter was flying through.

The Roseburg native has been in Iraq since late summer, according to the Roseburg News-Review, which first reported his death. He is a 1999 graduate of Roseburg high school.

His family heard of his death on Wednesday night, when several Marines came to their door, his stepmother, Suzanne Moore, told The Associated Press.

“It still hasn’t sunk in,” she said. “We can’t get past, ‘We regret to inform you.”’

James Moore was expected home by May or June, his stepmother said, and last spoke to his family on the phone on Christmas morning. When his time in the Marines was up, Moore had thought of going to Montana to train to become a hunting or fishing guide, his stepmother said.

“James was just an awesome kind of person,” Suzanne Moore said. “He could come over and just show up out of the blue, bring you a cappuccino and know exactly how you like it. He was really generous, really good.”

James Moore enlisted in the Marine Corps shortly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Suzanne Moore said, following in the path of his step-brother.

“He wanted to make a difference,” Suzanne Moore said of her step-son. “He was proud of what he was doing. He thought they were doing the right things and a good job. And we support that. James would want us to support his brothers. That’s what he calls everyone fighting there.”
Roseburg residents remember Marine slain in Iraq

ROSEBURG, Ore. — Some 1,000 friends, family members and strangers gathered Thursday to remember Marine Cpl. James Lee Moore, killed last week in a helicopter crash in Iraq.

It would have been his 25th birthday.

Gov. Ted Kulongoski told mourners that all Oregonians grieved Moore’s loss, the first Douglas County resident killed in the war.

An American flag and a Marine Corps flag flanked the casket at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

The 1999 Roseburg High School graduate was killed along with 29 other Marines and a Navy hospital corpsman when their helicopter crashed in bad weather while they were being flown to provide security for last Sunday’s elections.

Moore had been based at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and had been in Iraq since July.

He was the 38th soldier with ties to Oregon to be killed in Iraq or Afghanistan.

On Wednesday, it was reported that Sgt. Mark Warren, a member of the Oregon National Guard from La Grande, was found dead in Kirkuk, Iraq. He was the 39th.

Kulongoski, a former Marine who has attended memorial services for each of the Oregon soldiers killed in the war, read the names of nine other Oregon Marines killed in action.

He praised Moore for enlisting following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and called those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan “Oregon’s best.”

“Our hearts break with you and our prayers go with you. I promise we will never forget what James Moore meant to you,” said Kulongoski, who placed his hand on Moore’s casket.

Karen Goirigolzarri, the principal at Roseburg High School, moderated the service and drew a laugh when she said she remembered seeing Moore in the office “quite a bit.”

She described him as hardworking, independent and a person who believed in doing the right thing.

“After 9-11, that compassion for helping his family expanded to the nation,” Goirigolzarri said.

Soldiers outside the hall gave a 21-gun salute.

After the service, Brig. Gen. Raymond Byrne, acting adjutant general of the Oregon National Guard, said he was touched by the service. “It’s nice to see the support the community has given this family,” Byrne said.

Byrne and Kulongoski accompanied the family for a private inurnment service at Roseburg National Cemetery.

A portion of Moore’s cremated remains were to be placed next to his grandfather, Jesse “Alvin” Moore, with the rest spread on a hillside in Douglas County.

Kulongoski quoted from former President Abraham Lincoln, who wrote a letter to Lydia Bixby, a Boston woman who lost five sons in the Civil War. “I pray that our heavenly father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and the lost,” he read.

— Associated Press

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