First Sergeant Harvey L. Moore was a native of LaGrange, Georgia. He entered the Army in 1978 at Fort Benning, Georgia.
First Sergeant Moore's assignments included: Rifleman, 4th Battalion, 54th Infantry, Fort Knox, Kentucky; M60 Ammunition Bearer, M60 Machine Gunner, Fire Team Leader, and Squad Leader, for 1st Battalion (Ranger), 75th Infantry Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia; Reconnaissance Specialist for HHC, 75th Ranger Regiment; Instructor, 3rd Ranger Company, the Student Brigade at Fort Benning, Georgia; Platoon sergeant and Senior Ranger Instructor, 4th Ranger Training Battalion at Fort Benning, Georgia; Platoon Sergeant for Company C, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia.
First Sergeant Moore was a graduate of Primary Non-commissioned Officer's Course, Basic Non-commissioned Officers Course, Advanced Non-commissioned Officers Course, Scout Swimmer, HALO School, HALO Jumpmaster School, Scuba School, and Dive Supervisor.
His awards and decorations included Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with 3rd Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster, Non-commissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Grenada), Army Forces Expeditionary Medal with Bronze Arrowhead (Panama), National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Good Conduct Medal with 4th Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Service Ribbon, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Diver's Badge, British Army Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab.
First Sergeant Moore was the 1985 winner of the prestigious David E. Grange, Jr. United States Army Best Ranger Competition. He was a veteran of Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada and Operation Just Cause in Panama. He was killed during Operation Embryo Stage, 29 October 1992, at Salt Lake City, Utah. On August 18, 1992, First Sergeant Harvey L. Moore had received notification of his promotion to Master Sergeant from David L. Grange. He was promoted posthumously.
In May of 1993, First Sergeant Harvey L. Moore, Jr. was recognized in his special place in regimental continuity, tradition and Esprit De Corps was granted and assigned the distinction of Distinguished Member of the 75th Ranger Regiment. On July 1993, First Sergeant Moore was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame for his dedication to duty and contributions to the U.S. Army as a Ranger qualified leader. It was noted that during his Army career, he consistently displayed unparalleled leadership and an innate ability to teach and coach Rangers. First Sergeant Moore's dedication to duty throughout his 14-year career brought immeasurable credit to himself, his country, and the U.S. Army Rangers. In November of 1995, a training field was dedicated as 1SG Harvey L. Moore Obstacle Course at Hunter Army Air Field. A memorial garden was named in his honor at Fort Benning, Georgia, and his dress uniform and beret have been displayed at the Darby Ranger Museum in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
First Sergeant Moore was quoted in The LaGrange Daily News in 1988 as saying: "To be a Ranger, you must expect more of a challenge from the Army. On the other hand, the Army expects more from you. As a Ranger, you are a marked man, regardless of what unit you are assigned to. If there is something difficult to do, all you hear is, "let him do it, he's a Ranger." He wanted to be part of that organization, a unit of pride, and to be challenged as a person."