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First Name: William

Last Name: Moore

Birthplace: Johnston County, NC, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Benson, NC
Middle Name: Clint

Date of Birth: 11 November 1979

Date of Death: 23 April 2007

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Years Served: 1998 - 2007
William Clint Moore

•  Iraq War (Operation Iraqi Freedom) (2003 - 2011)


William Clint Moore
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army

William Clint Moore was born on 11 November 1979 in Johnston County, NC, the son of Ronnie S. and Gwen Baker Moore. He graduated from South Johnston High School in 1998 and enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduation.

In April 2007, while deployed in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Staff Sergeant William Clint Moore was serving as a Reconnaissance Troop Section Leader in Troop B, 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. On 23 April, SSG Moore's platoon had been engaged in combat operations for 3 consecutive days about 4 kilometers northeast of Baqubah, Iraq, near As Sadah, conducting patrol base operations and patrols through the villages in order to identify and kill or capture Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQIZ) forces operating in the area. SSG Moore was Killed in Action that day and his courageous actions and extraordinary heroism earned him the U.S. Army's third highest award for valor, the Silver Star Medal.

Silver Star Medal Citation

On April 23, 2007, at approximately 3 p.m., Moore was preparing his section to conduct a patrol when a rooftop position opened fire on a dump truck filled with explosives attacking the patrol base through the defensive barriers. Moore was immediately struck by an explosion as the vehicle borne improvised explosive device detonated, causing him to be thrown from the building. Moore quickly regained his footing and ignored his own wounds, as well as the enemy fire now impacting around him, and took of charge of several Paratroopers at his location.

Moore, without regard for his own safety, exposed himself to enemy fire that was now coming from three separate directions on the rooftops surrounding the patrol base, rapidly organized his ad-hoc element, moved them to a covered position, established security from that location and then physically directed their fires in order to suppress the enemy. As soon as Moore established his position he realized that several Paratroopers from his platoon were still in jeopardy, occupying the ground floor of the building that had been struck.

Again, disregarding his own safety a second time, he left a covered position with continuous accurate enemy small arms and RPG fire striking all around him, still refusing medical treatment, and knowingly exposed himself to the enemy as he rushed from his position to reenter the building in order to rally his Paratroopers and move them to a safe location. As soon as Moore entered the room, the building was struck by a second vehicle borne improvised explosive device causing the whole building to collapse upon the Paratroopers that remained inside. As the rest of the troop rushed forward to free the trapped Paratroopers.

Moore, though mortally wounded, was able to alert the rescuers to his and another Paratroopers location by calling out and fighting to push the rubble off himself and his buried Paratroopers. His courage under fire is in keeping with the finest traditions of military heroism and reflects distinct credit upon himself, Task Force Headhunter, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.


Staff Sergeant William Clint Moore is buried at Banner Chapel Advent Christian Church Cemetery in Benson, Johnston County, NC.


[Major contributions to this Honoree Record were made by Command Sergeant Major William L. Lillie, U.S. Army.]

Honoree ID: 6975   Created by: MHOH




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