MOORE, Lance (1905-1942)
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Date: 1/23/2021 at 20:57:20
(October 11, 1905 – October 15, 1942)
Ida County Pioneer Record, Ida Grove, Iowa, Thurs., Nov 26, 1942, p.1
Lance Moore, 37, First Ida Grove Casualty
Ida Grove’s first world war II casualty was reported here Monday noon upon the official notification of the death of Lance Moore, 37, chief petty officer in the U. S. Navy. His mother, Mrs. Sarah Moore, was notified of his death by a direct communication from Moore’s commanding officer, Lt. Samuel I. Ogden. In tribute to the death of Moore all flags along the business row were place at half mast Monday afternoon. This gesture was made through the direction of the Commercial Club. Moore was a bombardier, according to his family here, and was assigned to duty in the Solomon area in the Pacific war zone. Although no exact date was reported as to when he was killed, it was believed his death occurred sometime during the first week of November
In Service 18 Years
His mother related that Lance had been in the U.S. Navy for 18 years, and hadn’t been home for about 12 years. I’m mighty glad I had the opportunity to see my son last summer (1941) said Mrs. Moore. She spent about a month with him at Seattle, Ore.
Left at Age 19
He left Ida Grove at 19. He obtained training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station. He was one of the 15 out of a class of 125 to pass the more rigid examinations of that time to enter the Navy flying service.
Mighty Proud of Son
Mrs. Moore is mighty proud of her son. He was the fifth highest in his class when he first entered the service, said Mrs. Moore. Lance is married and has a son, James, 2 ˝ years of age. His family resides at Washington, D. C. He has two brothers in the service. They are Winston, who has been in the Navy for 12 years, and Darrow, who left for the Army Sept. 31.
Born in Ida Grove
Lance was born in Ida Grove on Oct. 11, 1905 and was educated in the local public school system. He is survived by his wife, son, three brothers, and three half brothers and one half sister. His half brothers, Clarence, Orrean and Charles, live in Dayton, Ohio, while his half sister, Mrs. Charles Snodgrass, live in Harlan. The official notification received by Mrs. Moore follows: “It is with regrets the I inform you of the death of Lance Moore, recently lost at sea while engaged with the enemy in the air combat. His body was not recovered. The squadron joins me in extending to you our sincere sympathies. “ The letter (air mail) was signed by Lt. Ogden.
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