Why Fort Moore?
The Naming Commission recommended Fort Benning be renamed Fort Moore to recognize the critical role the military family has in supporting combat readiness.
This is a wonderful honor for Hal and Julie Moore and the Moore family.
In 2020, when the Commission to rename Confederate Bases was proposed, the Moore family was peppered with suggestions the Army rename Fort Benning for Hal Moore.
While honored, we refused unless Fort Benning was named for both Hal and Julie Moore. You see, they were an inseparable command team. Without each other, they would not have achieved what they did. Therefore, naming Benning for just Hal would overlook the equally significant contributions and sacrifices of Julie.
Given their mutual achievements, renaming Fort Benning for both allows the Army and the Nation to finally, explicitly recognize the silent, behind-the-scenes yet vital contribution of the military spouse.
The change would honor Lieutenant General Harold G. Moore (“Hal”) and Julie Moore for their exceptional service together and as examples to the United States Army and the Nation. The initiative is led by their three sons – Dave, Greg, and Steve Moore. Within the military community, Lt. General Moore is famous for his valor in leading troops at Landing Zone X-ray during the Vietnam war and for combat leadership. Julie’s leadership in caring for the families of the fallen back home is memorialized at the National Infantry Museum, and it is this, as well as her work supporting the Army Community Service organization and other family-oriented support groups, that makes her contribution remarkable.
A version of their extraordinary service was famously depicted in Mel Gibson’s “We Were Soldiers” based on the New York Times Bestseller written by Lt. Gen. Moore and veteran war correspondent Joseph Galloway. But the Moore children say there is more to the story. Their mother Julie’s trailblazing efforts to advocate for soldiers’ spouses while supporting her own family are less known.
In 1965, Fort Benning was so overwhelmed by casualties following the battle of Ia Drang Valley that taxi cabs were delivering the devastating news via telegrams. Horrified, Julie began following every cab to console the widows. Ultimately, she would attend every local funeral of every soldier lost during her husband’s command. It’s because of her unwavering dedication that the Army changed its policy of death notification.
The name “Fort Moore” would not only stand for Lt. General Moore’s steady leadership and poise under fire on the battlefield and enduring contributions in leadership development but for the similar fighting spirit mirrored by his wife Julie on the home front and dedicated family service throughout their military service. The couple is buried at Fort Benning Cemetery, near the soldiers killed in action at Landing Zone X-ray in Vietnam.