Note with great sadness and respect the passing of our Greatest Generation veteran, Louis E. Moore.
Awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his service with 20,000 Chinese Americans who served their country in World War II, Army Air Force veteran Sgt. Moore died peacefully among friends from his Antelope Valley military family.
At 98, Lou became a first-time author of a memoir about his 74 years of devoted marriage to Nellie Hatsumi Mayeda Moore. “Eternal Love,” his book told the story of a young Chinese American WWII veteran returning home to fall passionately in love with a young Japanese American who had spent the early years of the war in an internment camp where people of Japanese heritage were held after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
No Japanese American was ever found to have been disloyal to the United States and in the following years the U.S. Supreme Court held the captivity unconstitutional. The couple met in New York City and a week later married.
Together the couple started from scratch and built a life, overcoming prejudices of the day, adversity and challenges. Nellie Moore died in October 2020.
“I was not a hero, but I was always proud to have served my country, and proud to be an American,” Moore said.
For his 100th birthday, hundred of friends from the veteran community celebrated in a big party at Bravery Brewing.
An American flag flown at the U.S. Capitol was presented by fellow veteran, Congressman Mike Garcia.
Moore also said “I hope that God’s arms will reach down from heaven and pull me up to be with my beloved Nellie.” On Tuesday, a little more than a month after his 100th birthday, his hope was fulfilled.
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