Photo courtesy Captain Robert Moore, Jr.
Forty years after the fact, former Army Capt. Robert Moore, Jr., a 1963 graduate of Villisca High School, received the Silver Star for his actions during the Vietnam War.
In a ceremony in Marietta, Georgia, at the Joint Forces Headquarters, Major Gen. Jim Butterworth presented Moore with the Army’s third highest honor.
“It is an incredible story. Forty-three years ago, a deserving military member performed gallantly on the field of battle,” Butterworth said.
Butterworth’s words were a testament to the personal courage Moore showed on July 13, 1969.
In Vietnam, Moore served with the 101st Airborne Division. He received One of Villisca’s own receives long-delayed Silver Star the medal for “performing with courage and discipline under fire.”
The records report Moore’s actions this way: After an enemy land mine exploded and sent shrapnel tearing through one of his knees, Moore, continued to command his unit and refused medical treatment until the other wounded first received help.
Georgia Congressman Phil Gingrey said, “He is the epitome of a hero. He is the embodiment of what makes this nation the greatest on Earth.”
Moore said after the ceremony that he is full of pride, but also feels guilt. He feels guilty and doesn’t understand why he was awarded a Silver Star in lieu of the other brave soldiers in his unit.
“I don’t know why I was awarded,” said Moore with tears in his eyes, “but I do know that I will wear my medal with pride and that I wear it for each one of my men. Thank you.”