Hal Moore was born February 13,1922 in Bardstown, Kentucky. He was the eldest of of 4 children to Harold Moore, Sr. and Mary Crume. His family was devoutly Catholic and he himself remained devout his entire life. In 1942, he went to U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. He graduated on June 5,1945 and went to Fort Benning, Georgia for a six week course at the Infantry Office Basic Course. On November 22,1949, he married Julia B. Compton.
He saw action in the Korean War, when in 1951, he was ordered to Fort Benning to attend the Infantry Officer’s Advanced Course. He was assigned to the 17th Infantry Division during the war in June 1952. He would continue service in the Korean War until it ended on July 27,1953. The following year, he returned back to West Point and for three years served as an instructor in infantry. Among the people he taught there was Cadet Norman Schwarzkopf who would later become a general. In 1956, he attended Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas for the year-long student course.
This course prepared majors for the duties of staff officers at the division and corp levels. By 1964, he was a lieutenant colonel. In 1965, he would see action in the Vietnam War. On November 14,1965, he led the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) during the Battle of la Drang which would last a week. After his service in Vietnam, he would serve at the Pentagon as the military liaison to the Assistant Secretary for International affairs in the Office of Under Secretary of Defense. On August 31,1968, he was promoted to brigadier general. He would continue serving in the Army until he retired on August 1,1977, after 32 years of service.
During retirement, he became a writer and was interviewed by news organizations about his career. In 2002, he was portrayed by Mel Gibson in We Were Soldiers. On February 10,2017, he passed away three days before his 95th Birthday. Rest in Peace to a Great Hero and Patriot!