7:04 am - Tuesday December 12, 2017

Memorial service to be held for Korean War POW at Academy

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – A memorial service for Col. William Wallace Moore, a Korean War veteran and POW, Friday, Sept. 21, in the Cadet Protestant Chapel, starting at 1 p.m. Colonel Moore flew 40 combat missions in F-80 Shooting Stars during the Korean conflict before he was captured by the enemy on Nov. 28, 1950, and held as a prisoner of war until released 33 months later on Sept. 21, 1953. During captivity he and other prisoners were forced to march night after night during freezing winter weather when temperatures dropped to minus 40 degrees. They had only the clothes they were captured in and nearly starved. Of the officers that comprised his initial group of captives, only five survived. Colonel. Moore remained in the Air Force after his liberation, serving in many staff and command positions during his long and distinguished career. He flew a total of nine fighter aircraft. After 30 years of military service, he retired in Colorado Springs in August 1972.



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