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Tribute to Western Maryland College professor who died in Vietnam War [Eagle Archives]

Etched in the black granite memorial of the Carroll County Vietnam Memorial Park on Willis Street are the names and faces of the county's 18 fallen heroes from the Vietnam War.

The likeness of Lt. Col. James B. Moore, who was born on Jan. 6, 1931, in Ridley, Pa., is not among those of our native Carroll County sons.

The Western Maryland College professor was killed at Que Son in Quang Nam Province in Vietnam on Oct. 10, 1967. He was 36.

Many in the community keep Moore in their hearts and prayers as an adopted son of the county — from his days at Western Maryland College (now McDaniel). He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Maryland in 1953, according to an article in the college magazine, The Hill, in December 1967.

He married Ann Trice, also a 1953 graduate of the college.

He graduated from the college's "Army ROTC program and was commissioned a second lieutenant," reported The Hill. After serving at a number of military installations throughout the country and Germany, Moore returned to Westminster in 1963, right after a stint with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, often referred to as The Black Horse Regiment.

He stayed at Western Maryland as an assistant professor of military science assigned to the ROTC staff until 1966. He left for Vietnam July 1967. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, according to "Tours of Duty" by historians Gary D. Jestes and Jay A. Graybeal.

More research is needed about the operations that occurred when Moore was killed.

What is known from multiple accounts is that the 1st Air Calvary Division was one of the first full U.S. Army units deployed to Vietnam. It operated, from 1965 to 1968, at An Khê, a strategic air base in the Central Highlands near the demilitarized zone in northern South Vietnam.

Today Moore is memorialized on Panel 27E, Line 085 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington.

His service and sacrifice to our country will always be remembered in our hearts in Carroll County.

For more information on Carroll County and the Vietnam War, pick up a copy of "Tours of Duty" at the Historical Society of Carroll County.

Those so inclined may pay their respects to those who fell while serving their country on Monday during the 147th Carroll County Memorial Day observances again organized by Carroll Post 31 of the American Legion. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Monroe Street, continue east on Pennsylvania Avenue and Main Street to Church Street, then to the Westminster Cemetery for the memorial service at 11 a.m.

Immediately after the Memorial Day ceremonies at the Westminster Cemetery is the annual informal recognition of Vietnam vets at the Carroll County Vietnam Memorial on Willis Street by the Court House.

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