1. As with all who serve in the U.S. military, we are very proud of our son for his 17 years of military service. He is Lt. Col. Bryan P. Moore and is assigned to the 123rd Air Control Squadron of the Ohio Air National Guard, based in Blue Ash.
The 123rd is a premiere Air Control Squadron of the Air Force. The unit is a rapidly deployable battle manager force, providing the Air Force will all aspects of operational theatre management and coordination. Their mission includes interfacing with other Air Force, Navy, Marine and Army units in controlling counter air, controlling special missions and monitoring interdiction and reconnaissance missions. Weapons controllers also vector close air support and refueling missions to rendezvous and disseminate tactical training information within their area of responsibility. In June of this year, he returned from his sixth deployment to the Middle East.
Bryan is a 1991 graduate of Lima Senior High School and a 1995 graduate of Bowling Green State University. He and his wife, Susan, have four children and live in Liberty Township.
2. Lewis Edward Moore, my uncle, was one of the “Greatest Generation.” Uncle Louie was a boyhood hero of mine. Born in 1910, he attended Lima St. John and St. Rose schools and joined the Army after his education was completed in 1928. He had previously served in the Ohio Army National Guard in 1926. Prior to World War II, he served for some years assigned to the country of Panama. At some point, he went to school as a “tanker,” trained in the Armored Division at Fort Knox, Ky. By the time World War II began, he had attained the rank of master sergeant and was a tank commander.
During the war, he was involved in the North African Campaign and then was captured and taken prisoner in Italy in 1944. For a 10-month period, he was held as a POW in two different German POW camps. During that time his wife, Leona, had given birth to their first-born son. In 1945, he was liberated by the advancing Russian Army on the Eastern Front. Louie had been granted a battlefield promotion to lieutenant during the war and remained in the Army until 1956, retiring as a major.
In civilian life, he went to work at Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. in Findlay as a time study person, where he was employed until sometime in the 1970s. I am not sure that any skills of a tank commander would relate to the tire-building business, but I am convinced that some organizational/discipline skills possessed by many in our military services would go a long way in enhancing any production process. He and his wife raised their family of three children in Findlay. He died in 1978 and is buried in Findlay.
Uncle Louie left us with a great tradition in our family, as both my brother Dick and I served during the Korean War. My youngest son, Lt. Col. Bryan P. Moore, continues that great tradition today. In June, he returned from his sixth deployment to the Middle East. I’m so proud of our family and its military contributions. Thank you, Uncle Louie.