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
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.
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
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?