James Lee Moore

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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.
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Published in Centre Daily Times on Feb. 2, 2005
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