Dennis J. Moore, Jr.

1925 - 2019

Air Force

Their Story

Dennis J. Moore. Jr. was born on January 24, 1925, in Davenport, Iowa, the son of Dennis Moore, Sr. and Dona (Waters) Moore.[1]

Dennis graduated from Davenport, Iowa, high school on June 8, 1943.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp on August 21, 1943, at Camp Dodge Herrold, Iowa.  He was sent to gunnery school in Texas, and then sent to England. 

Staff Sergeant Moore was a tail gunner on B-17 bombers.

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was a four-engine heavy bomber developed for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC). In addition to bombs, the B-17 carried .50 caliber machine guns for protection against enemy fighters.  In the tail of the B-17 there were two .50 caliber machine guns. This is the position in which Dennis served during assaults on enemy targets. 

Dennis received the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart. He flew over 100 missions over Germany and occupied territory in Europe.

After the war Dennis was an automobile salesman. On June 29, 1968, he married Marilyn Meyers at the Little Brown Church in the Vale, in Nashua, Iowa

After retiring from automobile sales, Dennis enjoyed jeeping through the mountains and playing pool. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and played in a pool league while living in Arizona.

Dennis J. Moore, 94, of Davenport, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, Iowa. Dennis and his wife Marilyn were cremated and buried together in a crypt at Rock Island National Cemetery. The inscription on their crypt plaque reads in part  “Together Forever”.

Dennis J. Moore, Jr
Air Medal
Purple Heart

Crypt Plaque

[1] Dennis J. Moore (1925-2019) – Find a Grave Memorial


Find a Grave, database and images Dennis J. Moore (1925-2019) – Find a Grave Memorial: accessed 08 August 2022), memorial page for Dennis J. Moore (24 Jan 1925–11 Jun 2019), Find a Grave Memorial ID 200017386, citing Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois, USA; Maintained by Ken Nagel (contributor 47221898).

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