Spc. Benjamin G. Moore
Hometown: Robbinsville, NJ
Died: January 12th, 2011.
Unit: 693rd Sapper Company, 7th Engineer Battalion,
10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountaineer Division, Fort Drum NY.
Birth: Oct. 2, 1987
Death: Jan. 12, 2011
Spc. Benjamin G. Moore, 23, of Robbinsville, N.J., died Jan. 12, in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 7th Engineer Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. Grandson of the late Sonia Moore, nephew of the late Gary Jenkins and cousin of the late Jayme Russo, he is survived by his beloved parents, Patrick and Amy Moore, his brother, Patrick T. Moore II and his fiancé Marissa Scaccetti, his grandparents, Thomas and Dolores Moore, Melvin and Patricia Jenkins, his aunts and uncles, Paul and Debbie Julian, Gavin Jenkins, William and Kim Summers, Kevin Moore, Bruce and Evelyn Archer, William and Laura Popp and cousins Jacob Archer, Dusty Floyd, Kiley and Ryan Moore, Jennifer Dempster, Paul Julian II, Emma Summers and Tim Wolfe.
Saint Mary's Cemetery
New Jersey, USA
BORDENTOWN - Army Spc. Benjamin G. Moore, 23, of Bordentown, gave his life for his country on Jan. 12, 2011, while stationed in Afghanistan.
He was a 2006 graduate of Bordentown Regional High School and was involved as a fireman and/or EMT for Hope Hose Humane Co. No. 1 Station No. 602/609 of Bordentown City, Union Fire Co. No. 1 Station No. 261 of Crosswicks, DeCou Hose Co. No. 1 Station No. 15 of Hamilton Township, Westampton Township Emergency Services Westampton Station No. 272, Capital Health and Trenton Emergency Medical Services. Ben was known as the "Mayor of Bordentown" and was awarded the title of "Honorary Chief" of Hope Hose Humane.
Ben joined the U.S. Army in April 2009, trained at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. and was stationed in Fort Drum, N.Y. in September. He was a member of the 693d SAPPER Co., 7th Engineer Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division. Ben received many awards and decorations including the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Badge, the Good Conduct Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the NATO Medal.
Grandson of the late Sonia Moore, nephew of the late Gary Jenkins, and cousin of the late Jayme Russo, he is survived by his beloved parents, Patrick and Amy Moore; his brother, Patrick T. Moore II and his fiancée Marissa Scaccetti; his grandparents, Thomas and Dolores Moore, Melvin and Patricia Jenkins; his aunts and uncles, Paul and Debbie Julian, Gavin Jenkins, William and Kim Summers, Kevin Moore, Bruce and Evelyn Archer, William and Laura Popp; and cousins, Jacob Archer, Dusty Floyd, Kiley and Ryan Moore, Jennifer Dempster, Paul Julian II, Emma Summers and Tim Wolfe.
Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday (Jan. 22) at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 339 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Bordentown Township. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and again from 9 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Hope Hose Humane Company No. 1, 150 West Burlington St., Bordentown, NJ 08505.
Arrangements are under the direction of Peppler Funeral Home, 122 Crosswicks St. Bordentown.
BORDENTOWN CITY — Hundreds of family members, friends, fellow servicemen and others came together Saturday afternoon to remember Spc. Benjamin G. Moore, a U.S. soldier who was killed in Afghanistan.
Inside Trinity United Methodist Church, every pew and open space was filled to with people there to honor the fallen soldier. Two servicemen stood on opposite sides of Moore's casket like watchdogs protecting their leader.
Outside the church, hundreds more stood on Farnsworth Avenue, bundled from head-to-toe in the frigid weather, clutching American flags tightly to their chest. Three women held a banner that read, "Thank You Ben."
Moore was among several soldiers who were killed on Jan. 12 when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device.
As well as being part of the Army, Moore was a firefighter and an EMT with the Hope Hose Humane Company of Bordentown City. He joined the fire company when he was 16. The 2006 Bordentown Regional High School graduate received many awards including the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the NATO Medal. "I learned a lot about Benjamin right out of the gate," said the Rev. Thomas C. Miller at Saturday's funeral service. "As I learned more and more, the more I liked him."
Moore was well known for his gentle kindness, courage and the way he would do any job asked of him at any given moment. Miller turned to Bordentown Mayor Tom Lynch and said, "Did you ever wonder about him campaigning against you one day?" Later in the service, Lynch proclaimed, "Ben is our mayor today." Miller remembered Moore for being a team player who had "such purpose" in life.
"He was the one helping others," he said profoundly. "Do you see what God did with his life?"
One by one, family and friends got up to speak about the fallen comrade. Some talked about how dedicated he was to his community and how much he loved being a part of the fire company. Others spoke of his outgoing personality that would get others in trouble, not him. "Somehow, somewhere, he would always get you in trouble," one friend said with a laugh that enabled others to laugh with him. "But he was a good man, a good person and we'll never forget him."
Another friend said Moore helped people as much as he could for the right reasons. "He didn't help because it was the right thing to do, he did it because he wanted to," one friend said.
After the service, soldiers carried his flag-draped casket onto one of the city's firetrucks before driving past hundreds of mourners.
It was preceded by a police escort, firefighters and the Warrior Watch Riders motorcycle group.
As his cousin Jacob Archer put it, "He (Moore) knew what he was getting in to, and he paid the ultimate sacrifice."
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