8" x 9.5" photograph of Maj Gen Moore Inscribed and signed.
MOORE, Maj Gen James T.
The photograph is accompanied by a typed letter, signed from a staff secretary explaining the the photograph is of Maj Gen Moore presenting the Purple Heart to Marines who have been wounded in action in the Pacific. In response to a boy's request for an autograph. Small stain on blank portion of letter from mounting and to verso of photograph. James Tillinghast Moore (September 5, 1895 - November 10, 1953) was a decorated aviation officer of the United States Marine Corps with the rank of Lieutenant General. He is most noted for his service as commanding officer of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing during World War II. Moore was promoted to the rank of colonel on October 1, 1940, and appointed a Chief of U.S. Aviation Mission to Peru. He served as main advisor to the Peruvian president Manuel Prado Ugarteche and President also appointed him to the capacity of Commanding General of the Peruvian Air Force. While serving there, Moore was promoted to the rank of brigadier general on September 1, 1942. For his service in this capacity, he was decorated with La Orden El Sol del Peru, rank Commander and Peruvian Aviation Cross, 1st Class by the President Ugarteche. General Moore was succeeded by Brigadier general Ford O. Rogers in October 1942 and returned to the United States. After his arrival, he was appointed commanding general of the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing deployed at Hawaii and later in Pacific Theater. Moore was relieved by Brigadier General Harold D. Campbell in April 1943 and transferred to the staff of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing under the command of Major General Ralph J. Mitchell, where he was appointed chief of staff. He served simultaneously as chief of staff for Marine Air South Pacific also under general Mitchell's command. General Moore was later appointed deputy commander of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing and in February 1944 its commanding general, when he succeeded Major General Mitchell. For his efforts during the Bismarck Archipelago Campaign, when he successfully neutralized enemy air power in the region, he was decorated with Legion of Merit. Moore was relieved from command by Brigadier General Lewie G. Merritt in July 1944 and subsequently became commanding general of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. His last service assignment came in February 1945, when he was appointed commanding general of aircraft, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, the position, which he held for the rest of the war. For his service as commanding general of 2nd MAW and CG Aircraft FMF, Pacific, he was decorated with Army Distinguished Service Medal.