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Lt. Gen. Joseph H. Moore - USAF, ret.

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Lt. Gen. Joseph H. Moore - USAF, ret.

Posted: 1169861076000
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Vest, Moore, Johns, Littlejohn
Lt. Gen. Joseph H. Moore
Born in Florence, S.C. on Apr. 27, 1914
Died Dec. 27, 2006 and resided in Windcrest, TX.

GRAVESIDE: Wednesday Jan. 3, 2007
Funeral Home: Porter Loring Mortuary
Cemetery: Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery

Joseph Harold Moore, Lieutenant General, United States Air Force, Retired, passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side on Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at the age of 92, after a courageous struggle against lung cancer.

He was born on April 27, 1914 in Florence, South Carolina to Henry Walter Moore and Kate Johns Moore. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Virl Littlejohn Moore; his only son, Major General Joseph David Moore, United States Air Force, Retired and two sisters: Marjorie Armstrong and Louise Singleton.

He is survived by his wife, Heide Vest Moore; stepdaughters: Karen Givilancz and husband, Eric; and Joanne Vest; daughter-in-law, Beverly Moore; six grandchildren: David Harold Moore, Robert Nelson Moore, Jeffery Walter Moore and his wife, Veronica; Elizabeth Moore-Malec and husband, Colonel William Malec, United States Air Force; Erin Nicole Givilancz and Tyler Charles Givilancz; five great-grandchildren: Kent Timmons Moore; Joseph Shane Moore; Jonathon Moore; Thomas David Moore and Heather Moore-Malec.

Joseph Harold Moore proudly served in the United States Air Force for 34 years. He was a distinguished fighter pilot from World War II through Vietnam and served in various command positions around the world. His decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross, The Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, The Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, The Legion of Merit, The Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, and numerous medals from foreign countries.

In 1959, he set an International Speed Record of 1216 miles per hour over a 100 Kilometer Closed Course flying an F-105 fighter aircraft for which he was awarded the Bendix Trophy.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to Vitas Hospice, 5430 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio, TX 78229 or to the Amyothrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association, 27001 Agoura Rd., Suite 150, Calabasa’s Hill, CA 91301 in memory of his son, Major General Joseph David Moore.

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