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    I met Sergeant Charlie Moore at the Defense Information School at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana during my Basic Journalism Course in the Spring of 1984. He was my favorite teacher there.

    In addition to being an effective instructor, he was more informal, making him feel more like respected colleague, instead of the usual strict superior. Plus, he was funny. When it came to grading, he told the tense students not to worry: 70 is passing, 71 is overkill.

    I hope by posting this webpage, we will be able to re-acquaint, because he is someone I would like to have as a friend.

    - Navy Journalist Vito Vitkauskas, BJC9-84


    It was a cold December morning and students were preparing to graduate from the photojournalism course.  For one student, the influence of graduation day would alter his life only hours later.

    For 43-year-old Staff Sgt. Charles D. Moore, a journalism instructor here at DINFOS, that early December morning in 1980 got off on the wrong foot.

    He left the barracks eager to graduate so he could be home for Christmas, five days later. Unfortunately, he slipped on the stairs on the way to school.

    Moore didn't realize he was injured at the time, but jumped up and looked around to see if anybody saw him fall.  After graduating and flying home, his fate was revealed when he found he couldn't walk.

    Doctors at an Air Force base in Mississippi put a cast on his left wrist and right ankle.  After the cast was taken off and he still felt pain.  X-rays were taken.  Doctors then told him he had rheumatoid arthritis and wouldn't be able to run again.

    The doctors gave him a cane but Moore said, "A cane didn't fit my style."

    Instead, Moore, who describes himself as stubborn, tried to run.  He said he wanted to see if the doctors were right.  They were wrong, he said.  Although it hurt a little, Moore ran a half-mile.  he slowly increased the distance of each run until he was able to run three miles, he said.

    More now runs about three times a week, covering at least three miles in each workout.  He feels that running relieves the anxieties built up after a hard day of teaching, he said.

    Moore reached his goal when he ran six-and-two-tenths miles in 55 minutes and 25 seconds.  he wanted to run it under an hour he said.  He did--and that's a far cry after being told he would never be able to run again.

The Quill (Student final newspaper project), July 10, 1984, page 3

   The public affairs office at Fort Smedley Butler in Okinawa, Japan was Sgt. Moore's next assignment after leaving DINFOS in late July of early August 1984. He planned to complete his degree in education from the University of Maryland extension program while there.

One of his stories (see below) from that time ("Marines give children a taste of bootcamp as they aspire for the title 'Young Marine.' ") can be found at .

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