Meet Dave Moore

The Only Viable Non-Corporate Candidate for Congress

I was born in 1952 in Fresno, California, to the late Dale and Lorene Moore. My father was born in Oklahoma to a true frontier family, with a father who ran a general store.  My mother was born in Fresno, a third-generation Californian.  My wife of 38 years is also forth-generation Californian like me, but was born in Santa Cruz.  Shortly after her birth, she was raised in South Carolina.

At the time I was born my father was a Fresno City police officer--a real street cop with a reputation who also acted on police television shows.  My mother and father both graduated from California State University, Fresno.  After graduating, my father turned down a promotion to sergeant to join the California Adult Authority, rising through the ranks while also acquiring promotions from Governor Reagan to one of four state investigators. My father was an innovator, co-founding a drug rehab group for prisoners called the Seven Step Program. He also co-founded the concept of the halfway house for newly released convicts.

My grandfather, Walter Moore, was badly wounded in WWI during the Meusse Argonne Campaign.  Many wounded had to fend for themselves, a fact unknown to many Americans.  He was charged for his own bandages by the American Red Cross, which is why it wasn't a good idea to mention that organization around him. This was the motivation for him to co-found the Disabled American Veterans, becoming the Commander of DAV Post #1 in Fresno.  Wounded were awarded what was known as a "wound chevron," which was sewn on the uniform sleeve.  He co-founded the Purple Heart Association to get veterans the medal first awarded to wounded American Revolutionary War veterans.  My grandfather only graduated from high school, but learned fluent Spanish, drove his car all through Mexico and Guatemala in the 1920s, read the classics, and played the mandolin in Fresno's Rodeo Park Band on Sundays. 

Coming from a family with a lengthy history of voluntary military service during war, I volunteered to fight communism after graduation from high school in 1970. I volunteered and served as an elite paratrooper, service I am most proud of as not many soldiers can perform this duty.  Although I had volunteered for Special Forces training, I was sent to Vietnam right after graduation from airborne training.

I went to California State University, Sacramento, and enrolled as a double major in German and Anthropology-Archaeology. One inspiration for my choice was my godfather, Ed Nelson, a D-Day Invasion infantryman who became an archaeologist in Peru after graduating from UCLA.  Prior to my graduation in 1978, I earned a spot as an exchange student to the University of Heidelberg in West Germany.  I would always recommend to any student to study abroad, as it is not only incredibly fun for a young person, but helps us realize we can bridge other cultures.  I also worked my first archaeological dig in Israel. I continued my studies of ancient and modern languages at the Free University of Berlin in West Berlin. The experience of the Wall and checkpoint Charlie are memories I will never forget. At Berlin in 1980 was the year I started learning Arabic.

I followed up working in Israel, at first staying with a Bedouin family in the West Bank of Jericho while my wife stayed at a kibbutz. I lived in a goat-hair tent with a man my age who had two wives and five children. He had pitched his tent in the ruins of King Herod's winter palace. This was the first time I was able to observe the occupation of Palestine and racism of the Jewish settlers. At first i naively approached American-Jewish settlers, carrying their M-16s, when I heard English spoken. They wanted nothing to do with me. At the time I witnessed the build-up for the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. Since I had survived five terrorist bombings while living in Israel, I was hardly a bleeding heart for Palestinian rights; one bombing I survived only because the man next to me took the full blast, with metal ball bearings scratching my back.

When I returned my wife and I moved to the DC area and I began working at the Library of Congress. My position as a German Specialist required me to acquire German language materials by three means: purchase, gift, or exchange. Since our budget was rather limited, I would call authors and publishers to request they provide a copy free of charge.  I probably acquired close to one hundred thousand dollars of free books every year.  My most satisfying time at the Library was bringing in, at my own expense and time, speakers for events I called the Veterans Forum.  I brought in fifty veterans from WWII to the current wars, a number of which were filmed by CSPAN's Book TV.

I am a great follower of Thomas Jefferson, who believed that education is a life-long experience.  At the university he established, the University of Virginia, there is no such thing as a "freshman," or "senior."  Students describe themselves as "first year," tenth year," etc. I always like to learn new things, whether taking classes on how to write screen plays, computer programming, or languages.  I have recently enrolled at Clemson to start learning Chinese. After that, who knows.

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