September 27, 2001
Army To Name Medical Center After Local Vietnam War Hero
The newest and largest health clinic in the United States Army will bear the name of a former Memphis resident who died in the line of duty during the Vietnam War in 1970.
The Charles Thomas Moore Health Clinic is tentatively scheduled for dedication February 14, 2002 in Fort Hood, TX.
Moore served as a medic in the 1st Cavalry Division of the United States Army. He was killed in the line of duty on January 5, 1970 near Tay Ninh, South Vietnam at the age of 21.
Private First Class Charles Thomas Moore entered military service in June 1969 as a medical corpsman. In November 1969, he commenced his tour in Vietnam and was assigned to the Head-quarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division.
He was killed in action on January 5, 1970, while valiantly giving medical aid to his platoon members without regard for his own welfare and his own wounds, which ultimately took his life. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Air Medal.
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 25, 1973, awarded the Distinguished Service Cross posthumously to PFC Charles T. Moore. The citation reads:
"For extraordinary heroism in action, Private First Class Charles T. Moore, United States Army, distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 5 January 1970 in the Republic of Vietnam.
On that date, when the First Platoon of Company D made contact with a determined enemy force located in a well-fortified bunker complex, a friendly trooper to the front was severely wounded. Despite his own wrist wounds, Private Moore, medical aidman for the First Platoon, moved through the intense hail of enemy fire to treat and evacuate the wounded soldier.
Subsequently, a rocket impacted which strafed the area with shrapnel, wounding the First Platoon leader and further injuring Private Moore.
Again with complete disregard for his own welfare, Private Moore moved to the aid of his platoon leader and evacuated the officer to safety.
Then, noticing that his first patient had stopped breathing, Private Moore untiringly, and singularly performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until life and unassisted breathing were restored.
As he was constructing a bamboo stretcher on which to carry this critically wounded trooper, Private Moore was shot in the hip and rendered unconscious. Minutes later, he regained consciousness, and although his many wounds now completely incapacitated his movement and his position was exposed, he began shouting valuable instructions concerning the necessary and vital treatment for the wounded. Even when he knew that death was imminent,
Private Moore unselfishly ignored his pain and continued to give valuable medical instructions. Private Moore succumbed to his wounds before he could be medically evacuated, but not before he had saved the lives of many of his comrades through his conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary heroism."
In a letter to Moore's parents, Sydney and Doreen Moore of Memphis, Lt. Colonel Brian K. Unwin stated "Your son's bravery and selfless service as a medic will be memorialized by the largest health clinic in the entire army."
Cpt. Cynthia Childress indicated the memorial process is based on the individual's service record and involves a board of officers that review a number of candidates before selecting the most deserving individual.
The health clinic will feature a display case located in the main entrance of the building where memorabilia regarding Moore and his time in the service will be displayed.
Charles Moore's son, Brandon, resides in Quincy, IL.