Hagan presents widow of WWII, Korea vet with Bronze Star

Apr. 19, 2014 @ 12:08 PM

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, last week presented 11 medals and awards, including the Bronze Star, to Wanda Moore, the widow of Army Corporal Donald “Buddy” Moore, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

After being contacted by Moore’s family, Hagan’s office worked to secure the 11 medals and awards and ensure Corporal Moore’s contributions to our country were properly honored. 

“I am proud to be here today, 60 years after his service, to formally present the honors Corporal Buddy Moore earned for his bravery, his sacrifice and his unwavering commitment to our country,” said Hagan. “Buddy’s life was an inspiration -- to his family, his friends, his community here at Croasdaile Village and to all of us. It is brave individuals like Corporal Buddy Moore who make this country strong, and we will never forget his service and his sacrifice.”

Moore served with the U.S. Army 91st Infantry Division, 362nd Infantry regiment as a heavy machine gun operator in Northern Africa and Southern Italy during World War II. He served in the 11th Airborne Military Police Company during the Korean War. After returning from Korea, Corporal Moore retired from the Army after more than 10 years of uniformed service.

Hagan comes from a strong military family. Her father-in-law was a two-star Marine General; her brother and father served in the Navy; her husband, Chip, is a Vietnam veteran who used the GI Bill to help pay for law school; and she has two nephews who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.