MOORE, RALPH EDWARD Name: Ralph Edward Moore Rank/Branch: E3/US Army Unit: Company B, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division Date of Birth: 26 December 1946 Home City of Record: Indianapolis IN Date of Loss: 03 May 1967 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 144717N 1090028E (BS856357) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 3 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Refno: 0666 Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 June 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 1998. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: PFC Ralph E. Moore was a rifleman assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. On May 3, 1967, Moore was serving as the pointman on a fire team on a search and destroy mission in Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam. As Moore crossed a hedgerow, members of his unit were knocked down by the blast of what was believed to be an exploding mine. When the unit organized a search for Moore, he was not located. His wallet and helmet liner were found some distance from the site but nothing else was found associated with Moore. It was speculated that the mine, which may have been as large as a 250 pound explosive device, detonated at or near Moore's position and that the effects located had actually been blown off him, and that no remains would ever be found. Although it was believed that Moore was dead, the possibility of finding remains at some future time was not ruled out. For Ralph E. Moore, death seems a certainty. For hundreds of others, however, simple answers are not possible. Adding to the torment of over 10,000 reports relating to Americans missing in Southeast Asia is the certain knowledge that some Americans who were known to be prisoners of war were not released at the end of the war. Others were suspected to be prisoners, and still others were in radio contact with would-be rescuers when last seen alive. Many were known to have survived their loss incidents, only to disappear without a trace. The problem of Americans still missing torments not only the families of those who are missing, but the men who fought by their sides, and those in the general public who realize the full implication of leaving men unaccounted for at the end of a war. Tragically, many authorities believe there are hundreds of Americans still alive in captivity in Southeast Asia today. What must they be thinking of us? What will our next generation say if called to fight if we are unable to bring these men home from Southeast Asia?