GEORGE MOE (US ARMY)

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In 1938 George Robert Moe joined the US Army. After two years at the Army Prep School at Fort Snelling, MN, he received a Presidential appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, where he earned his B.S. in June 1943. He laid his life on the line during World War II when, as a tank commander, he fought with Gen. George Patton's Third Army and was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge.

Five years later, in the Korean Conflict, he was pinned down by the Chinese from November to December in the Chosin Reservoir. In these battles he procured two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars, plus other medals. He also served as a paratrooper in the Green Berets.

He served as a special agent in the CIC (today's CIA) U.S. Counterintelligence. ("Some had problems keeping their mouths shut so they didn't last long but that never bothered me.") He received his Diploma from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in order to become an Associate Professor in the German Department at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, 1955-1959. Also, in 1959, he was granted his M.A. from the University of Maryland. In Hamburg, Germany, 1959-1961, he represented the US Army at the German Federal Army Staff College; then he was transferred to the American Embassy in Bonn, Germany, where he served in Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG)in Federal Republic of Germany.

There he became a certified translator of the German language.  In 1964 he retired from active service as a Lt. Col. to pursue his doctoral degree in International Relations at American University. With his PhD in hand, in 1966 he joined the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology as Professor and Head of the Department of Languages and Social Sciences. After his retirement in 1983, the School of Mines granted him Professor Emeritus of Liberal Arts.