Obituary: Sigma Frater, Tuskegee Airman Henry L. Moore
It is with heavy heart, the brothers of the Eastern Region announce the passing of the Honorable Bro Henry L. Moore of the Nu Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma. We ask that all men of the Eastern Region stand by the brothers of Nu Sigma and the family of Brother Moore as they go through these tough times. Following you will find a bio of this amazing brother.
From his humble beginnings in Ocilla, Georgia in April 1921, Brother Moore graduated from high school as valedictorian. His educational pursuits would lead him to West Virginia State College now known as West Virginia State University resulting in his B.S. in Physics/Math/Education. Later, he would get his M.A. in Physics at Temple University.
Brother Moore’s military career is distinguished. Some of his highlights include:
- Graduating in the only class of Airplane Maintenance Engineers established for blacks by the United States Army Air Corp at the 789th Technical Training School (Lincoln, Nebraska)
- Joining the Tuskegee Airmen of the 332nd Fighter Group
- Serving with the 99th, 100th and 302nd Fighter Squadrons ( 3 of the 4 all-black fighter squadrons)
- Maintaining Fighter aircraft of 12th and 15th Air Forces
- Flying as a Crew Chief, behind enemy lines, on a B-25 bomber in Mediterranean Theater.
His distinctions include 7 battle stars, and ribbons from the European and Mediterranean Theater. President Franklin D. Roosevelt awarded him the Presidential Unit Citation for his role of supporting 1,600-mile mission escorting bombers over Berlin, Germany in March 1945.
Post military, Brother Moore held positions of Research Physicist, Supervisory Electronic Engineer and finally as Chief of Electronic Countermeasures, ECM/ECCM Section of the United States Naval Air Material Center, where his first retirement would take place in 1973. His second retirement would take place in 1983 after affiliations with Roosevelt Middle School and Lincoln High School.
Brother Moore has been married to his college sweetheart, Mary Ion, for 53 years. Of this union, he celebrates his two daughters, Nadene and Meva. Finally, he has been a member of Summit Presbyterian Church since 1960.