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thedrifter
06-02-03, 05:53 PM
Lance Cpl. Moore of San Marcos died in helicopter crash in Iraq

By Jeanette Steele
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

May 31, 2003

The garage of Jason William Moore's house in San Marcos was the place where fun began.

His friends, from a young age, knew Jason would cook up a good caper there usually involving something flammable.

"We were always getting into some sort of mischief, and he was always the ringleader," said David Terry, a longtime friend. "And I loved him for that."

Moore's family yesterday laid to rest the 21-year-old lance corporal whose spirit was called boundless, whose enthusiasm led him to the Marine Corps and eventually to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Moore died May 19 in Iraq when the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter he helped crew crashed into a canal. Four other Camp Pendleton Marines were killed in the same incident.

His parents, Bill and Gale Moore, buried their only son at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. A Marine honor guard, including pallbearers from Moore's squadron, gave him military honors. A flag draped over the silver coffin, a single bugler played a slow, mournful taps.

At an earlier service, more than 100 friends packed a San Marcos mortuary chapel to remember the 2000 San Marcos High School graduate.

Neighbor Deane Terry said Moore was clearly bound for Marine aviation from a young age, after his interest in the Civil Air Patrol, radio-controlled planes and a now-infamous incident with an exploding toy rocket.

"He was going to continue to aim high one way or another," said Terry, whose son was Moore's playmate.

He described the day Moore returned from Marine boot camp and stood straight and proud in his uniform in the Terry living room.

"He was so excited to be a Marine," said Terry, who added that Moore joined the high school swim team just to prepare himself physically for the service. "He went at the Corps at full speed, not hesitating, not looking back."

Moore's parents and his older sister, Michelle, didn't speak at the ceremony.

Photographs displayed at the chapel revealed him in teen-age pursuits: in a wetsuit, boogie boarding at the beach; driving a dirt bike on desert roads; and with his beloved Jeep.

The pictures show a brown-haired young man with dancing, mischievous eyes. His small frame seems to brim over with energy.

"Jason lived his life to the fullest," said friend Orasio Leyva.

But Moore always found time for his friends. The family house was a second home to them, his buddies said. And he didn't want his loved ones to worry during the war.

"He cared about others more than himself. He loved to make other people happy," said Leyva. One of Moore's favorite tactics was humor; he carried his wit cocked and at the ready.

"He was always trying to make people laugh," Leyva said.

The Rev. Jake Duran told the assembled mourners that he believes the streets of heaven are patrolled by Marines.

"We have not come to say goodbye . . . We will simply say 'Semper Fi,' said Duran, who presided over the service.

"Guard the streets well, and we'll see you again."



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Jeanette Steele: (760) 476-8244; jen.steele@uniontrib.com



Rest in Peace


Sempers,

Roger

Kalbo
06-02-03, 06:32 PM
Semper Fi Jason!! God Bless

lurchenstein
06-03-03, 03:09 AM
Rest In Peace, Marine.