---- — The 94th annual convention of the American Legion Auxiliary, held recently at the Marriott Hotel East in Indianapolis, honored Helen Moore of Rushville (a member of Brookville American Legion Post #77 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit #77) with a Certificate of Excellence for her years of service since 1950.
She was presented to the delegation by Past Department President Thelma Butler of Laketon with the following remarks: “Helen, some of us ‘Oldies’ thought now was a time to introduce to many of the delegates here Indiana’s Past Department President that is a veteran, one of only two, the other, Minnie Doane, now deceased.”
Helen (Johnson) Moore is one of several family members (five boys and two girls) and several of their siblings who have served their country from World War II to the present for a total of 315 years of military service. She married Harry Moore, a veteran and former Indiana State Police Detective Sergeant, who passed away in January, 2010.
Helen was the second of 11 children. Her father died in 1941, leaving her mother with eight children to raise.
“Helen became [her] mother’s ‘First Sergeant’ at an early age to help the younger ones toe the line,” Butler said.
Helen, the eldest of the living Past Department Presidents, is a World War II veteran who served with the US Marine Corps. She enlisted in 1943 in Cincinnati, Ohio, attended Boot Camp at Hunter College in Bronx, New York, and served on active duty at Marine Corps headquarters in the Pentagon.
“Helen has contributed greatly to the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, the Women Marines Association, the Women’s Forum on National Security (now called the Awareness Assembly), and served our department on the local, district and Department level, Department President 1966-1967, and many years as Department Parliamentarian,” Butler continued.
Moore is a graduate of Brookville High School and earned a B.S. and M.S. in Education from Indiana University.
By profession, she was the Official Court Reporter of the 37th Judicial Circuit (Franklin and Union County) from 1950 to 1960 and since then has been a “freelance reporter.” She is a registered professional reporter and served the Department as the Convention Reporter from 1960 to 2012. She was the Reporter for many years for the National American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Illinois, and the National Eight and Forty. She was also the reporter for numerous other groups.
In 1972, Helen served as secretary of the Rush County Sesquicentennial Committee.
“Helen, we, the American Legion Auxiliary, do commend you and thank you for your service to our country and service to the American Legion Auxiliary, and do congratulate you for being awarded two Sagamore of the Wabash awards – in 1984 by Gov. Robert Orr and in 1999 by Gov. Frank O’Bannon. Also, in 1968 the Indianapolis Star named Helen one of 10 outstanding women in Indiana for her accomplishments,” Butler said.
One of Moore’s most recent highlights, at the age of 93, was participating in the “Honor Flight” to Washington, D.C. to visit veteran memorials with other World War II members.
The Certificate of Excellence was presented to Moore by Department President Nancy Gunning.
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