Cpl Jacob Moore (USMC) Memorial Garden

“He died a valiant brave hero, serving his country and always taking care of others, before himself. Fiercely protecting his friends, his family and his country until the very end.”

The family of Cpl Jacob Moore, USMC is on a mission to build a memorial to their deceased son, who gave his life in defense of his country, and they need your help. The family has registered this fund with the IRS under EIN 88-2610414.

Cpl. Jacob Moore, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky was one of four Marines who died after his Marine Corps MV 22 Osprey crashed during a training mission in Nordland County, Norway in support of Exercise Cold Response 2022. Every two years over 30,000 NATO soldiers from 27 countries attend travel to the edge of the Arctic Circle to train in Northern Scandinavia’s frozen wilderness where they participate in some of the toughest training on earth, in some of the harshest conditions. It was in this exercise where Air Crew Chief Cpl Moore selflessly gave his life as he safeguarded and his aircrew and aircraft.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 4th, 2022, at the Boyd County High School, with The United States Marine Corp providing full Military Honors.


“He served my country, he served his country, but he died for his country,” he said. “We need to honor that boy so much; he’s just a good human being.” Member, American Legion, Boyd, Kentucky.

Born on December 29, 1997, to father Michael T. and mother Rhea Michelle Steele Moore, Jacob attended Mavity Freewill Baptist Church and graduated from Boyd County High School in 2016, where he was on the Football and Golf teams. Jacob was also an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting, being outdoors, and going to the gun range in North Carolina, where he was a member.

Jacob, like the men of America’s “Greatest Generation”, was raised with a deep admiration for our country and an unbounded admiration of the Marines and soldiers he’d met as a young man. One day he hoped to join the armed forces. Eventually enlisting in the Marines in 2017 he graduated from boot camp in 2018 and was posted to Marine Aviation Squadron 261 where he served with distinction and honor. It was here, after many difficult missions and arduous training exercises that he earned several decorations, including the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

In addition to Jacob, these brave men also lost their lives in this tragic accident:

Gunnery Sergeant James W. Speedy, Captain Ross A. Reynolds, and Captain Matthew J. Tomkiewicz


“This memorial will show his dedication to the Marines and serving his country, but will also ensure he is remembered as a sweet, loving son who made an emphasis on putting others first.”

After having visited the Marine Corps Museum and it’s various memorials to fallen warriors, she said those will not be the only memorials to honor her son as she’s now working on a monument which will be built at the gravesite where Cpl. Moore is buried at the Kentucky Veteran’s Cemetery.

You can see this in the memorial as Jacob walks down the back ramp of an Osprey, hand outstretched, warmly and caringly welcoming the Marines who would be boarding his aircraft.

Jacob’s mother wants to make sure he receives every honor and accolade he deserves. “I think they had a lot of memorials, and I think he should be in there,” says his father Michael. “One day, we will go back and our boy will have his,” says his mother Michelle.

Here are the dimensions of the Memorial:


We are accepting donations in-kind for this project - if you are an electrician, concrete contractor, nursery owner, outdoor furnishings provider, or foundry, who would like to support this project, we would appreciate speaking with you.

You can view the status of the fundraising and our project targets here:


Cpl Moore was a beloved Marine and Family member and these bits of news coverage show just that. Visit these links to learn more about Jacob's life of service to his family and country:

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Organizer and beneficiary

The Moore Family
Catlettsburg, KY
Michelle Steele Moore

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