The Chadron area Marine was killed nearly 73 years ago in the amphibious assault on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa during World War II. More than one thousand U.S. servicemen died in the 76-hour battle with Japanese forces to take control of a strategic airfield.
Fae Verlin Moore was born in Chadron, Nebraska on May 16, 1920, the youngest of Alonzo and Mary Moore’s 10 children – six boys and four girls. The family farmed in Beaver Valley east of Chadron during the 1920s until moving to the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1931.
Fae attended Beaver Valley School and completed the 8th Grade before leaving school to work and help his family during the “Dirty Thirties.” He was barely 5’ 6” and weighed just 134, but he knew how to work and took on ranching jobs for a few years.
Moore signed up for a four-year hitch in the Marine Corps on August 18, 1941, nearly four months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Accepted for enlistment in Rapid City, he traveled to Minneapolis for his physical examination and processing. Three days later 21-year-old “Private” Fae Moore was at Marine Corps Recruit Depot-San Diego for “boot camp.”