MOORE, HERBERT WILLIAM JR.
Name: Herbert William Moore, Jr.
Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force
Date of Birth: 16 November 1941
Home City of Record: Imperial PA
Date of Loss: 03 September 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 175700N 1054800E
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 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. 2020
SYNOPSIS: Herbert Moore was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force
upon his graduation from Grove City College in 1963. When he arrived in
Vietnam, he had attained the rank of Captain.
On September 3, 1967, Captain Moore was flying a mission over North Vietnam
when his F105D aircraft was shot down. His empty parachute was seen on the
ground and his emergency beeper was heard, but no voice contact was made.
There was a heavy build-up of North Vietnamese troops in the area, so it is
not surprising that voice contact was impossible.
Many hours later, a beeper was heard about one mile from the crash site.
Moore's last known location was in Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam, about
10 miles northeast of the city of Dong Bai Dinh. His was the only plane shot
down that day. There can be no question that the Vietnamese know what
happened to Moore, yet they deny knowledge of him.
Whether Moore was taken prisoner that day in September 1967 will not be
known for certain until there is proof positive of his death or survival.
The U.S. and the Vietnamese have yet to determine the formula which would
successfully resolve the questions that linger about the nearly 2500
Americans who did not return from the war in Vietnam.
Tragically, there have been over 10,000 reports received concerning
Americans missing, prisoner, or otherwise unaccounted for in Southeast Asia.
Many authorities now believe that there are hundreds of Americans still
alive in captivity today. While the rest of America tries to forget the war
in Vietnam, these men, and their friends and families cannot. We must bring
them home. They are America's sons. One of them could be Herb Moore.
Herbert W. Moore, Jr. was promoted to the rank of Major during the period he
was maintained missing.
SUMMARY SELECTION RATIONALE
NAME: MOORE, Herbert W. Jr. Capt., USAF
OFFICIAL STATUS: MISSING
CASE SUMMARY: SEE ATTACHED
RATIONALE FOR SELECTION: Flight members did not know Capt. Moore's aircraft
had been hit until they began receiving beeper signals on guard channel.
Search and rescue forces found an empty parachute, but no voice or visual
contact was established with Capt. Moore. There have been no subsequent
reports of Capt. Moore s possible capture or death.
REFNO: 0826 19 Apr 76
(U) CASE SUMMARY
1. On 3 September 1967 Capt.. Herbert W. Moore, Jr., was the pilot of an
F105D aircraft, (#61-0078), as number two in a flight of four on a strike
mission over NVN. Upon arriving in the target area the flight encountered
antiaircraft fire. The flight leader and number two aircraft attacked, and
after the attack the flight leader made several calls for number two to
check in, but received no answer. The flight leader then switched to the
Guard radio frequency and began receiving beeper signals. No parachute was
observed, however, there was cloud cover. A column of smoke was sighted on
a small hill five miles northeast of the target which was believed to be
the aircraft crash site (WE 932 890).
2. Search and rescue (SAR) was initiated immediately. One SAR helicopter
sighted a parachute on the ground in the vicinity of grid coordinates WE
865 884 three miles north of the target. The parachute was determined to be
empty. Intermittent beeper signals were received throughout SAR operations,
but no visual or radio contact was established with Capt. Moore. After
electronic, visual and voice attempts were unsuccessful, SAR operations
were ended at 0730 hours on 4 September 1967. (Ref 1)
3. During the existence of JCRC, the hostile threat in the area precluded
any visits to or ground inspections of the sites involved in this case.
This individual's name and identifying data were turned over to the
Four-Party Joint Military Team with a request for any information
available. No response was forthcoming. Capt. Moore is currently carried in
the status of Missing.
1. RPT (U), 388TFW (CBPO-PA), AF Form 484 w/statements, 8 Sep 67.
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