Recognizing the Top 10 Accomplishments of Julia Compton Moore,
Military Spouse, U.S. Army
The idea to recognize Julia Compton Moore is from Donna Engeman, the surviving spouse of a service member killed in action during the Iraq War. I asked Donna who I should write about for Military Spouse Appreciation Day and she immediately thought of Julia. “Mrs. Moore was an amazing lady and a leader in her own right. Her courage and tenacity in taking the Army to task over its callous and outdated casualty notification and support set the standard when it comes to supporting families. Years later, at the start of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, the Army again was in need of transforming its casualty care system. I am grateful for Mrs. Moore’s example that led the way in helping me find my voice in advocating for change.” Donna Engeman is a dedicated civilian employee with HQ IMCOM, Fort Sam Houston, TX.
Julia Compton Moore (February 10, 1929 to April 18, 2004) was a U.S. Army daughter, wife, and mother. She was depicted in the 2002 film We Were Soldiers by actress Madeleine Stowe, and Mel Gibson played her husband, Lieutenant Colonel Harold G. Moore, known as Hal. War correspondent Joseph L. Galloway co-wrote the book We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young with Lt. Moore, and the movie We Were Soldiers is based on it. Galloway describes Julia as “one of the finest Army wives who ever walked.” After the pivotal 1965 Battle of Ia Drang in Vietnam, she led an effort that brought about needed improvements in the Army’s casualty notification systems and support.
Julia’s Top 10 Career Accomplishments
For The Family
The family of Julia and Hal Moore have proposed that Fort Bennington, in Georgia, be renamed Fort Moore in honor of both their parents. In 2021, the Federal government ordered the renaming of bases that use names of Confederate generals. “We wanted the base to honor the ‘command team,’ as we call it,” son David Moore said. “Dad couldn’t have been as successful without Mom.” Hal was highly decorated, including the Distinguished Graduate Award by the West Point Association of Graduates, and he rose to the rank of United States Army Lieutenant General. A decision over the name must be made by October 2022. For more information on the campaign, go to: www.fortmoore.com