NWLA Chapter 351

Retirement Dinner for Mr. George E. Moore Jr.

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RETIREMENT DINNER OF MR. GEORGE E MOORE JR.

ON 26 MARCH 2010 A RETIREMENT DINNER WAS HELD AT THE BARKSDALE AFB CLUB IN
HONOR OF MR. GEORGE E MOORE JR., DIRECTOR, OVERTON BROOKS VA MEDICAL CENTER,
SHREVEPORT, LA.  MR. MOORE HAS GIVEN THE LAST 37 YEARS OF HIS LIFE IN THE
SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY.  PRIOR TO JOING THE VA HE SERVED AS A FIGHTER PILOT
IN THE USAF.  DURING HIS TOUR IN THE REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM HE CRASHED HIS
FIGHTER JET IN THE MARINE BASE AT CHU LAI AND SPENT 43 MONTH IN VARIOUS
HOSPITALS RECOVERING FOR BURNS ALL OVER HIS BODY AND LOST BOTH LEGS AND AN
ARM. HE NEVER GAVE UP THE FIGHT.  HE WENT ON TO EARN A COUPLE OF DEGREES AND
TOOK A JOB AS A VETERAN SERVICE OFFICER.  HE WORKED HIS WAY UP THE LINE AND
WAS THE DIRECTOR FOR 2 VA HOSPITAL. WHAT A STORY THIS GENT HAS TO TELL. HIS
WONDERFUL WIFE LUANN WAS THE MOVING FORCE BEHIND HIS RISE TO SUCCESS.  TONIGHT

HE WAS HONORED BY MAYOR LO WALKER, BOSSIER CITY, LA, WHO READ A PROCLAIMATION

FROM THE MAYOR OF SHREVEPORT AND BOSSIER CITY.  HE PRESENTED THE KEYS TO THE CITY
OF BOSSER TO MR. MOORE.  GOVERNOR JINDAL AND SECRETARY OF VETERAN AFFAIRS
FOR THE STATE OF LOUISIANA WERE UNABLE TO ATTEND THIS FUNCTION BUT ASKED
COMMANDER RICHARD GARNER, MOPH AND MEMBER OF THE GOVERNOR VETERAN'S COUNCIL
AND MAJOR KEN BOURGEOIS USMC (RET) TO PRESENT SEVERAL ITEMS TO MR MOORE ON
THEIR BEHALF.  THOSE ITEMS INCLUDED THE LOUISIANA HONOR MEDAL, RETIREMENT
CERTIFICATE AND CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION FROM THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE AND A

LOUISIANA STATE FLAG THAT HAD BEEN FLOWN OVER THE CAPITOL.  COL STEVE DEPYSLLER

USAF (R) PRESENTED A PLAQUE FROM THE MAJOR COMMANDS AT BARKSDALE AFB.  MR GRAY
PRESENT SEVERAL AWARDS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND WRAPPING
UP THE AWARDS WAS THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER SANDRA FRANKS WHO PRESENT A US
FLAG THAT HAD BEEN FLOWN OVER THE US CAPITOL, LOUISIANA STATE CAPITOL,
GOVERNMENT PLAZA IN SHREVEPORT AND OVER THE BASE HEADQUARTERS, BARKSDALE
AFB.  OUR MC FOR THIS EVENING WAS DR. VIRGINA SHORT, CHIEF OF STAFF AT
OVERTON BROOKS AND SHE DID A GREAT JOB.

Ken Bourgeois
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