Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

April 24, 2004

Julia Compton Moore, 75, a military wife whose care for the families of soldiers killed in war was portrayed in the Mel Gibson movie We Were Soldiers, died of cancer Sunday in Auburn, Ala.

Her husband of 55 years, retired Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore, was wounded in Korea and Vietnam. He wrote the book We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young based on his combat experience, and Mr. Gibson turned it into the 2002 movie. Mrs. Moore's father fought in Europe in World War II, and one of her sons fought in Panama and the Persian Gulf war.

By her family's account, Mrs. Moore challenged the Army's informal practice of delivering combat death notices by taxi to wives and families in small apartments or trailers. She urged the Army to deliver more compassionate notices with uniformed personnel.

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