Post 133 Palmetto Bay, Florida

Post 133

Palmetto Bay, Florida

Post 133 Palmetto Bay, Florida

About This Post

Post Namesake

American Legion Marlin Moore Post 133 was chartered by the American Legion on December 26, 1944 in Perrine, Florida.  post 133 was named for Perrine resident SSgt. Jesse Marlin Moore, a member of the US Army Air Corps, who was killed in action when his Martin B-26 was shot down over the forest of Ardeines, France on August 6, 1944.  Jesse Marlin Moore was born on April 3, 1921 to Marion and Remie in Valdosta, Georgia.  The family relocated to Perrine in 1926 where he was involved in farming.  Marlin, as he preferred to be called, had two brothers, John, who is a US Army Veteran who served in the Phillipines, and Marion who was a U.S. Marine and served in the Pacific Theater.

On October 5, 1941, Marlin enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps at Camp Blanding, Florida, an installation that is still used by the National Guard today.  Marlin became a flight engineer and gunner aboard the Martin B-26 medium bomber. He was sent to McDill Field in Tampa where he was part of the III Bomber Command, 451st Bomber Squadron, 322 Bomber Group, Medium.  In November 29142, his unit was deployed to England.  Marlin flew missions over France and then in support of the D-Day invasion. 

On August 6, 1944, SSgt Moore left Saling, England abord his B-26 Bomber [Serial # 46-96254] where his Bomber was hit by heavy anti-aircraft artillery.  His Bomber was shot down and he perished in combat.  Marlin Moore was awarded the Air Medal with 7 oak leaf clusters and is buried today in plot H, Row 17, Gravce 13, Normandy American Cemetary, Colleville-sur-mer, France.