Fallen soldier from Benson gets honor

mquillin@newsobserver.comNovember 14, 2012 

The Army’s 194th Armored Brigade dedicated its headquarters building at Fort Benning, Ga., last week to the memory of a fallen soldier from Benson.

The building will be called Moore Headquarters after Staff Sgt. William C. Moore, who was 27 when he died on April 23, 2007, while fighting near As Sadah, Iraq.

Moore was a reconnaissance troop section leader with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, part of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.

The Army said Moore’s platoon conducted patrols from an outpost in Baqubah, Iraq, near As Sadah.

Their outpost was attacked by insurgents driving two trucks laden with explosives. Moore was injured in the first blast, the Army said, but quickly formed an ad-hoc team, moved them to a covered position and directed their fire against enemy attackers.

When Moore realized that several paratroopers remained in a building that had been hit by the explosion, he risked small-arms and rocket-propelled-grenade fire to get to them. As soon as he entered the building, it was hit by the second truck, which brought the building down on him and the troopers he was trying to save.

In addition to Moore, eight other paratroopers died in the attack.

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