Title: Retired State Legislator, Army Officer
Location: Leitchfield, Kentucky, United States
Virgil Clinton Moore, Retired Army Officer and Former Kentucky State Senator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Military for dedication, achievements, and leadership in military and legislative leadership.
Mr. Moore celebrates a lifetime of service to his country as a retired United States Army officer and former Kentucky state senator. Born and raised in rural Kentucky, Mr. Moore was one of just three students in his grade at the one-room schoolhouse he attended through middle school. He moved to Knox County for high school after being forced to teach himself eighth-grade math due to the teacher’s lack of training, working three jobs to support himself while studying. Unable to balance the demands of school and work, Mr. Moore’s grades suffered. Realizing that “he had to do something else,” he enlisted in the United States Army in 1954, serving in Germany for two years before returning to the United States to continue his education. He graduated in 1961 from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and returned to the Army as a commissioned second lieutenant, having commanded the school’s ROTC unit for more than three years. Mr. Moore had advanced through grades to the rank of Major by 1968, including assignments teaching officer training school and ambush tactics, and tours in Cuba, Vietnam and Korea.
In 1973, Mr. Moore was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, where he became the first officer assigned to Project MASTER, where he tested and newly-developed battlefield equipment including Redeye missile systems and infrared systems for Hughes aircraft. Later, he went on to serve as a briefing officer for all new personnel assigned to the project, and wrote a combat training manual, “How to Fight on the Modern Battlefield,” 1976. Mr. Moore retired from the United States Army in 1978 decorated with a Distinguished Service Medal, Armed Forces Medal, Infantry Combat Medal, and a Vietnam Medal in addition to two Bronze Stars in recognition of his selfless service. He remained involved with the Army as chief of worldwide training literature for several more decades, and wrote additional combat training manuals for soldiers serving in Iraq and Kuwait in the 1990s. After stepping down from active duty, Mr. Moore became active in local and state-level politics, serving as chair of the Grayson County Republican Committee from 1982 until 1990 and as a Kentucky state senator from 1992 until 2004. During his tenure, he acted as chair of the Kentucky Department of Transportation and sponsored legislation that supported the development of modern water infrastructure throughout the state, with an emphasis on access in rural areas. In his retirement, Mr. Moore remains a member of the Cattlemen’s Ranch Association, is an avid outdoorsman, and enjoys camping, horseback riding, and hunting.
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