Name: Jerry Lawrence Moore
Rank/Branch: E3/US Army
Unit: Company C, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division
Date of Birth: 08 February 1950 (Statesville SC)
Home City of Record: Cleveland NC
Date of Loss: 16 February 1969
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 112829N 1061715E (XT404687)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 2
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Refno: 1386

Source: Compiled 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 in 2020.

Other Personnel In Incident: (two others evaded capture)


SYNOPSIS: Jerry Moore joined the Army soon after graduating from high
school, taking basic training at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, and advanced
infantry training at Ft. Polk, Louisiana. He had been in Vietnam only six
weeks when he disappeared.

On February 16, PFC Jerry L. Moore's company had established a perimeter at
Tay Ninh, South Vietnam. At about 1400 hours, he and two other men from his
unit were sent to set up and man an observation post 50 yards outside the

Between 1430 and 1435 hours, PFC Moore's company began receiving heavy enemy
mortar fire. Jerry's two companions were wounded and started crawling toward
bamboo cover, but Jerry, apparently frightened and disoriented, ran in the
opposite direction of the company's perimeter. The two companions made it
back; Jerry did not. Search efforts were made that afternoon and the next
morning without results.

On February 17, search efforts were suspended while B52's bombed the general
area. Search operations were then resumed until the 20th, again without
success or any sign of Jerry Moore.

Since the war ended in 1973, nearly 10,000 reports relating to Americans
missing in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. Government. The
official policy is that no conclusive proof has been obtained that is
current or specific enough to act upon. Detractors of this policy say
conclusive proof is in hand, but that the willingness or ability to rescue
these prisoners does not exist.

Many government officials state that they believe Americans are being held
against their will in Southeast Asia. The question is, who are they, and how
will we bring them home? Is one of them Jerry Moore?




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Private First Class (PFC) Jerry Lawrence Moore, who entered the U.S. Army from North Carolina, was a member of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. On February 16, 1969, he and two other men from his unit were sent outside the company perimeter to set up an observation post. Shortly thereafter, the company came under enemy attack and the two men with PFC Moore were both wounded. PFC Moore was last seen leaving the observation post and moving away from the company perimeter. It is believed that he was disoriented and had lost track of the direction back to the company's position. Search efforts were conducted for the rest of the day and the next morning, but failed to locate him. Further attempts to locate him or his remains were unsuccessful. Following the incident, the Army promoted PFC Moore to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Today, Staff Sergeant Moore is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.  

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