Julie Moore’s Letter Captures the Challenge of being a Military Spouse

Letter sent after the release of We Were Soldiers

May 3, 2002

Dear Mr. Vinh,

I am enclosing a biography for General Moore and a picture of the two of us taken at the premiere of “We Were Soldiers” in Los Angeles.

I do not do any “public speaking” so have never had a need for a biography.  My father was an Army Officer in the Field Artillery so like all “Army Brats” I moved quite a bit.  I met then 1st Lt. Hal Moore at Fort Bragg, N.C. when he was stationed with the 82nd Airborne Division and my father commanded the Army Field Forces Board.  I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill until our marriage in November 1949.

We have 5 children, 3 boys and 2 girls and 11 grandchildren.  I counted up the other day and we lived in 28 different houses in 32 years of marriage.  Were fortunate enough to have two overseas tours as a family, one in Norway and one in Korea.

I was a stay-at-home Mom, volunteering with the Red Cross and Army Community Service.  My main love and focus has always been the Army family and especially our Child Care Centers. 

Not very exciting when I write it down but I have loved every minute (well maybe not every minute, like when the dog throws up on your carpet just as the doorbell rings with the General arriving for dinner, or a child falls out of the tree and breaks his arm minutes before you are due at a reception in your honor, or the movers lose all the trousers to your husbands uniforms etc. etc.) and wouldn’t trade with the wife of any other profession.


Hal and Julie Moore at the premier of We Were Soldiers
Hal and Julie Moore at the premier of We Were Soldiers

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