Saturday, May 05, 2007

Dwayne Moore laid to rest

Saluted by fellow soldiers, celebrated by his family and his friends, Dwayne L. Moore came home yesterday.

"Dwayne was a hero," his friend and fellow warrant officer Curtis Warren told more than 400 people at his funeral. "He gave his all."

A chief warrant officer in the Army, Moore died April 19 in Iraq after his unit was attacked.

The 31-year-old soldier was buried in Williamsburg Memorial Park with solemn military honor.

Brig. Gen. Richard J. Sherlock, deputy chief of the Army Reserve at the Pentagon, presented the Bronze Star Medal to Moore's wife, Kelly Robinson Moore, and his family at the memorial service at Bethel Restoration Center.

A soldier who had performed "honorable, faithful and distinguished service," Moore was "one of our American heroes," Sherlock said.

Moore's interest in the military went back to his childhood, playing with GI Joes, his wife said, and his proudest moment was becoming an Army warrant officer.

"Everything that my husband set his mind to do, he accomplished," she wrote in a celebration of his life for the service.

Moore was an Army instructor, senior parachutist and jumpmaster.

A 1994 graduate of Lafayette High School here, he had served on Army assignments across the United States, as well as in Korea, Germany, France and Kuwait.

"I thank God for all the experiences he allowed my husband to have," Kelly Moore said.

The Moores have a 5-year-old daughter, Aiyanna.

On his first deployment to Iraq, Moore was assigned to the Army's 10th Mountain Division's 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

An officer from the division, based at Fort Drum, N.Y., accompanied Moore's body from Dover Air Force Base, Del., where it arrived from overseas, to Williamsburg.

Moore's military awards included the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

He deployed to Iraq in August 2006.

Chief Warrant Officer Renee Jackson had gone through Warrant Officer Candidate School with Moore and came up from Fort Bragg, N.C., for his funeral.

Recently injured herself by a suicide bomber in Iraq, she said, "It's tough over there."

From WSLS 10

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