Patriotism is the life blood of any nation. It is a deep love and concern for your country, and a keen desire to defend her when challenges arise. It sometimes evolves into giving one’s life in that defense. I fly my American flag every day, as an outward sign of my patriotism. I am proud to do so. I am also so very proud of the members of our family (extended), who have served in the U.S. military in defense of the American nation for the past 100-plus years. The following is a listing of those individuals, beginning with my paternal grandfather, who was the first to serve.
My grandfather, John R. Moore, was the first to serve. He served in the Ohio National Guard from June 3, 1902, until Feb. 28, 1905. He was attached to Co. K, 2nd Infantry, ONG. His son, my father, Sgt. R. Harold Moore, followed him by serving in the Ohio National Guard from 1925-1928. ( Co. G, 148th Infantry, Camp Perry, Ohio.). His younger brother, Pvt. Lewis E. Moore, joined the same outfit at age 15. Lewis then transitioned into the Army, where he served until 1956, retiring as a Major. During World War II Lewis was captured in Italy (1944), and spent about one year in a German prison camp (Oflag 64) located in Poland. Beatrice H. (Moore) Hedrick, a sister to Harold and Lewis, served as a Tech 3 in the Army (WAC) from 1944-1947. She had entered the military to see if she could find out more info about her imprisoned brother. Pvt. James H. Chisman (a future son-in-law of Beatrice) served in the Army Air Corps from 1945-1947. He will later have a son who would also serve. Richard H. (Dick) Moore, Harold’s oldest son, served in the USAF in Alaska from 1949-1953. All of the above are now deceased.
Another son of Harold’s, William J. (Bill) Moore, followed in the USAF from 1952-1956. He served in Korea as an A/1c with the 5th Air Force in 1952-‘53. A son-in-law of Harold’s, Edward Goldsberry, entered the Army in 1954 and served as an E-3 until 1956. A/1c Michael Rutigliano, another son-in-law of Harold’s, served in the USAF in both Japan and Korea, from 1951-1960. E-3 Robert Cook, a nephew of Harold’s, entered the Army in 1953 and served until 1955 including a tour in Korea. Timothy Moore, USMC E-5, served from 1977-‘81, including a hitch in Japan. He is a son of Dick Moore, and a grandson of Harold’s. Susan E. (Raney) Moore, who married a grandson (Bryan) of Harold’s, served in the USAF as a Nurse Captain from 1996-2001. Colonel James H. Chisman II, Ohio Army National Guard, US Army; was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, (1969), commanded a unit in Kosovo and is now retired from the military. He is a son of the before mentioned Pvt. James Chisman, and Betty Chisman, a daughter of Beatrice. Lt. Col. Bryan P. Moore, a son of Bill and Pat Moore and grandson of Harold’s, is still serving today. He entered the USAF in 1995, and has served deployments in Kuwait (two), Saudi Arabia, Washington DC, Iraq, Afghanistan, and two in the Arab Emirates. He is currently serving (full time) with the Ohio Air National Guard (Director of Operations for the 123rd Air Control Squadron, in Blue Ash.)
I am so proud to be a part of this family who, over the many years, have always stepped up to do our part in serving the needs of this great nation of ours. We must continue to give the proper respect and support for our military as we have done for so many past years. Patriotism is a thing of the heart, but we must continue to express our love and appreciation to those who have accepted the responsibility to keep America strong. God bless our military, their spouses, and all those who have served in war or peace, and God bless America.