Fallen Soldier Joined Military to Get Out of Small California Town

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ALPAUGH, Calif. (AP) - The day after he graduated from high school in 1996, Christopher Moore joined the Army. He wanted to get out of this small town north of Bakersfield and figured the best way was by entering the military.

Moore, 28, was killed in Baghdad with five other soldiers on May 19th when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle while on patrol. Moore, a staff sergeant, was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas.

On Tuesday, Moore was buried next to his best friend, Dustin Mills, from the Army at a cemetery in Kennedale, Texas. Mills was killed in a car crash in 1997.

Moore served three tours in the Middle East after completing basic training at Fort Benning in Georgia.

Moore left the military for a short time, but returned and re-enlisted. He was sent on his first tour of Iraq in April 2004.

He did a second tour this past October - this time as a commander of a Bradley fighting vehicle.

Moore is survived by three daughters, his ex-wife, his mother and a brother and two sisters.

Information from: The Los Angeles Times

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