Remembering the Life and Memory of...
MSGT Bernard Joseph Moran Jr.
(Is honored on Panel 2W, Line 87 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial)
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA/North Wildwood, NJ.
Died: December 12, 1971.
Unit: USMC, US Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV)/Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observation Group (MACVSOG).
MOS:0241 Imagery Interpretation Specialist.
Bernard was born and raised in Philadelphia.
He enlisted in the Marines 26 September 1955, at the Philadelphia Recruiting Office.
Bernard arrived in Vietnam 26 February 1971, where he was assigned to OPS-20,CCS,MACV, SOG, MACV.
It was while serving in Vietnam that he enlisted 26 February 1971 to extend his tour.
Bernard died as a result of aircraft crash in Cambodia while on a classified mission.
Survived by his wife;Barbara G Moran and his two daughters;Barbara A and Monica Moran ,North Wildwood,MJ.
His parents;Bernard J & Mary J Moran Sr of South,Philadelphia,PA.
Final Mission of MSGT Bernard J. Moran Jr.
MSGT Bernard J. Moran Jr. was a USMC imagery interpretation specialist from OPS-20, Command and Control South (CCS), MACV-SOG, MACV. On December 12, 1971, he was a “backseater” in a 0-1G aircraft piloted by CWO Lloyd S. Rainey of the 74th Aviation Company. At the time, the 74th Aviation Company had a detachment at Quan Loi, near An Loc, which conducted missions in support of MACV-SOG's CCS headquarters. On this day they were flying a visual/handheld photography recon mission in Cambodia at extremely low altitude (tree top) level when the aircraft was hit by ground fire. Pilot CWO Rainey was killed and the aircraft did not recover. MSGT Moran suffered fatal injuries in the attack. Their remains were recovered. [Taken from macvsog.cc and virtualwall.org]
The career Marine Corps non-commissioned officer, nicknamed “B.J.” by his Marine buddies, was a photo interpreter in Vietnam. He was assigned to an intelligence unit in Saigon during his Second tour of duty, and died in Cambodia on December 12, 1971. The 33-year-old master sergeant was a 1955 graduate of Southeast Catholic High School and enjoyed swimming and scuba diving. Survivors included his wife, two daughters and his mother.
... from The Philadelphia Daily News
Obituary of Gertrude Moran
Moran, Barbara G. “Bobbie” ( Gold Star Wife ) Passed suddenly March 1, 2018, with family by her side. Bobbie is survived by her daughters, Barbara Ann Steere (Jimmy), Monica Moran Olsen (Dave), Grandchildren Matthew Steere, Daniel “Buddy” Olsen, Great Grandchildren Kayla, Matthew, Brayden, Brothers Thomas(Mary), Paul, Edward(Delores), Sisters, Joan, Rita(Fred), Gerri. Predeceased by Husband Master Sgt. Bernard J. Moran Jr. Viewing at St. Ann’s Church on Thursday March 8th at 9:30 – 10:45 AM. Mass at 11:00 with Interment at St Mary’s Cemetery.