Thomas Moore | Aug. 16, 1931 - Jan. 21, 2014

Man’s life was defined by Marine career

2014-02-21T23:09:00Z Man’s life was defined by Marine careerCarrie Rodovich Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 21, 2014 11:09 pm  • 

Thomas Moore was a humble man who served his country honorably during the Korean War, said his daughter, Kelly Hendrich.

His war experiences shaped his life, and he worked with the Marines until his death, she said.

“I learned so much more about his war experiences from his friends, after he died,” she said. “He didn’t talk about it much himself.”

Thomas Moore, 82, of Terre Haute and formerly of Crown Point and Valparaiso, died Jan. 21. He worked 30 years for NIPSCO, retiring as a lineman. He also served as a deputy for the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.

During his time in the Marines, he rose to the rank of sergeant, his daughter said. He was involved in the pivotal Inchon landing. He received a Purple Heart after he was wounded after the truck he was riding in was bombed.

“They had to fight in horrific conditions,” said his son-in-law, Michael Hendrich. “He always downplayed the things he was involved in. He felt serving was something he owed his country.”

He continued to be active with Marine causes throughout his life, participating in Toys for Tots events and marching in parades, his daughter said.

“He marched until he was 76,” his daughter said. “The military was his life.”

He was an avid gun collector, and at one point had nearly three dozen handguns in his collection, not including his shotguns. Although most guns stayed in their original boxes, he did enjoy going to the target range to shoot, she said.

Moore was a devout Catholic. Sunday was a day of rest or a day spent visiting family members, his daughter said.

Kelly Hendrich said her father never considered himself a hero.

“Everyone admired the way he was committed to the Marines,” she said.

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