We owe thanks to Robert Wilson for this article. The original can be found here.
Kyle Campbell Moore was born on 9 December 1908 in Knoxville. A young athlete, he was a football most-valuable player-for two years at Knoxville High School as well as the city’s tennis champion for two years. He entered the University of Tennessee as a pre-medical student, but the Great Depression made it impossible to continue. He began a job as a city reporter for The Knoxville Journal.
Moore developed into a good reporter and outstanding photographer. He even became the southeastern representative for The New York Times and Hearst’s International News Service. During this time as a reporter, Moore met his future wife, Katherine Davis, a journalism student who would eventually honor his life and not let him be forgotten.
Describing her husband, to whom she referred with his Navy nickname, “Kasey,” Katherine Moore said he was, “the most interesting man I’ve ever known. He was smart, talented, skilled, creative, industrious, generous, sensitive, a true Scot in many ways, unafraid, sincere, funny, and loving. He never lost a friend or forgave an enemy. He was an athlete, an avid sportsman, a crack shot, and gentle with his hunting dogs. He was a good father, a compassionate son, a wonderful husband, and a splendid naval officer.”
Moore was commissioned a Lieutenant (jg) on 8 December 1941 and graduated from Midshipmen’s School in July 1942. Kyle and Katherine were married on July 23, 1942. A week later, he reported in the Aleutians for duty aboard the cruiser, USS Indianapolis.
He served three years aboard, turning down opportunities to take shore duty. Kasey loved his cruiser and had no plans of leaving her.
Admiral Raymond Spruance, whose usual flagship was the Indianapolis, ordered Kasey to serve as photographer and create combat films with the Marine Corps from 1943 to December 1944. In this role, Kasey covered Tarawa, Kwajalein, Majuro, Eniwetok, Saipan, Tinian, Guam, and Peleliu. During a showing of combat film footage taken by Kasey and his photographers, Sedivi Ph1c and Stavenger PhM3, they received a standing ovation.
In April 1943, Kasey was promoted to Lt. Commander and named officer-in-charge of the hull department (construction, repairs and damage control). Ph1c Sedivi relayed this story to Mrs. Moore:
Kyle Campbell Moore is memorialized at the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines. There is also a memorial headstone at Knoxville National Cemetery.