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Calvin Roy "Andy" Moore Sr.

T/5 in 23rd Headquarters Co

Military occupational specialty: 60 (cook)


Born 1923 in TX, Died 1990

Other residence(s): Elkhart, TX; Tehuacana, TX; Mexia, TX
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: Farming
Source: Unit Shipment 10143-A, 23d HQ, from le Havre 23 June 1945; Ghost Army roster by state; ; photo from York Family Tree on Ancestry®

Calvin Moore was born on November 18, 1923 in Elkhart, TX, the sixth of 11 children. His father was a farmer, and later a laborer working on road construction.

Calvin registered for the draft on June 30, 1942; he was living in Tehuacana, TX, and working at an icehouse in Mexia, TX. He enlisted on March 12, 1943; at the time of his enlistment he was working on a farm.

He was assigned to the 23rd Headquarters Company as a cook, and went overseas with the unit. A newspaper article shortly after he returned home stated that Calvin was "in the bunch of cooks who left their stoves in Luxembourg City last December to rush across a field just outside the city and try to stem the German breakthrough in the Ardennes. ‘We just quit whatever we were doing and pitched in,' he said. And we held them . . .  until the First Army infantry came up that night about midnight to release us. I was never so glad to see anybody in my life.’”

Calvin was discharged from the Army with the rank of T/5 on October 29, 1945 and returned to Texas. On September 25, 1948, he married Ethel Louise Owens. By 1950 they were the parents of a son, Calvin Ray, Jr., and Calvin Sr. was listed in the census as a welder at Mexia Welding School—it is not clear if he was working there, studying there, or both. The young family was living with Ethel's parents in Mexia.

Calvin and Ethel would go on to have three more children: Cheryl, Marcella, and Vicki. Sadly, Cheryl died at 17 following surgery for a brain tumor.

Little else is known of his life or work. He died on April 22, 1990 and is buried at Mexia City Cemetery.


1923 birth certificate

1930 census

1942 draft card

1945 article in the Mexia Weekly Herald (TX) about his service in Europe

1945 article in the Mexia Weekly Herald (TX) about his return home from Europe

1949 article in the Mexia Daily News (TX) about the birth of his son

1950 census

1950-1990 US public records index

1971 daughter's death certificate

1990 Find a Grave record*7wsuzs*_gcl_au*MTA4OTU5ODI1Ny4xNjkxMjY4NDA5*_ga*MjIxNzk0MTY5LjE2OTEyNjg0MDk.*_ga_4QT8FMEX30*MTQ1NDY1NmMtZmYxYi00MWZkLTg0ZDYtZGYyNmQ5MDQ3NTQwLjcwLjEuMTY5MTI2OTEwMi4yLjAuMA..

1990 Social Security applications and claims index

1990 VA death record

1990 gravestone image

2011 Find a Grave record for wife Ethel (includes her obituary)

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