Gary Moore

Photo courtesy of Oregon State University Athletics

"Gary was not only a superb commander, but he was also a first-class human being. He was always there 24 hours a day whenever needed to help solve anyone's problems, no matter how great or small. Gary will long be remembered by the men and women of the Armed Forces who had the privilege of serving with him. He was genuinely respected and loved by all who knew him." - General Schwarzkopf.

Born May 17, 1938 in Gig Harbor, WA, Gary Moore made a mark on the baseball diamond in his four years in high school, before moving on to a distinguished military career. A student at Peninsula High School from 1952 to 1956, Gary was Peninsula's first four-year letterman in baseball, basketball and football.

A dominant pitcher, Moore pitched an astounding seven no-hitters for Peninsula. He was no slouch at the plate, however, batting over .350 each of his four years with a .595 average his junior season. Moore earned a four-year scholarship to Oregon State University as a starting pitcher, declining offers from professional teams - including the Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees - in order to pursue a college education.

Following his time in college, Moore entered the United States Air Force, where he had a distinguished 25-year career from 1960 to 1984. During his service, Moore was awarded the Legion of Merit Award, two Bronze Star Awards and 11 Air Medal Awards. He retired with distinction in 1984 as a Colonel to pursue a private business and professional career as a pilot and airport authority manager in Georgia.

After achieving great success in the private sector, Moore was tragically killed in an automobile accident in Georgia on March 13, 1997. After his death, the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels recognized Col. Moore by naming one of their "Missing Man" maneuvers for him at the Saturday show.

Moore's achievements in athletics while at Peninsula High School earned recognition throughout Gig Harbor. The Greater Gig Harbor Area Committee organized a "Gary Moore Night" on August 13, 1956 at Peninsula High School following a banquet honoring Moore. Further, Gig Harbor Mayor Merrill Parish proclaimed that day "Gary Moore Day." Mayor Gretchen Wilbert repeated this proclamation on June 23, 1997, by proclaiming every fourth Friday of August as "Gary Moore Day" in Gig Harbor.

1956 Peninsula High School Baseball Team
Top row l. to r.: Richard Rehn (mgr.), Poland Dickson, Jim Langhelm, Dave Stratford, Ed Conan, John Mitchell, Gary Moore, Mel Manley, John Seglam, Walt Guse, Dele Gunnerson, John Putnam, Ron Spadoni, and Roy Anderson (Head Coach).
Bottom row l. to r.: Dennis Jensen, Fran Pinchbeck, Charlie Tibbs, Jay Campbell, Dick Olsen, Ed Wiseman, Danny Lambert, Bob Smith, and Mort Mortensen.