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Van Moore '19

Date of birth: October 18, 1895

Date of death: August 20, 1942

Age: 46

Lucky Bag

From the 1919 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

The Paris News (Paris, Lamar County, Texas)
Mon. October 19, 1942

Merchantman Sunk, Commodore Killed

Retired officer Only Casualty

Washington (AP)—The sinking of a medium-sized American merchant ship by enemy submarine attack in the Caribbean in mid-August with only one casualty, the Navy officer who was commodore of the convoy, was announced Monday by the Navy Department.

Lieutenant Commander Van Rensselaer Moore, USN retired, was on the bridge deck when last seen a few moments before the ship was destroyed under him by the explosion of a torpedo.

All of the remaining 44 officers and men were saved, the Navy said, and have arrived at an East Coast port.

The Navy account of the loss said that Moore, whose home was in San Diego, Calif., was a naval veteran of the first World War, who had been on the retired list since June 1940, although he remained on active duty.

The first torpedo to strike Moore's ship did not damage it seriously, the Navy said, but a second hit two hours later broke the ship apart.

All on board except Moore managed to get into lifeboat and rafts. In the uncertain light of early morning, they did not see the submarine which attacked the convoy. The survivors rode for two days in the open sea to reach a port in the Caribbean, and only recently were returned to the United States.

His wife was listed as next of kin. Van has a memorial marker in California.

Memorial Hall Error

Van's memorial marker has "CDR". Posthumous promotion? Also, he was on the retired list.

Class of 1919

Van is one of 11 members of the Class of 1919 on Virtual Memorial Hall.