WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Defense announced this weekend that a soldier from North Carolina, Army Spc. Antonio I. Moore, 22, of Wilmington, was killed in a crash while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in the Deir ez Zor Province of Syria. He was conducting route clearing operations when his vehicle rolled over and crashed Friday.
Moore was a part of the 363rd Engineer Battalion, 411th Engineer Brigade in Knightdale. This was his first deployment since first enlisting in May of 2017.
In a statement, 363rd Engineer Battalion commander Lt. Col. Ian Doiron, said Spc. Moore was “one of the best.”
“The 363rd Engineer Battalion is deeply saddened at the loss of Spec. Antonio Moore. Antonio was one of the best in our formation. He will be missed by all who served with him. We will now focus on supporting his family and honoring his legacy and sacrifice.”
This particular area of Syria is a hotbed for radical elements of the Syrian war, with ambushed having killed Russian soldiers there just last year. That means Moore’s route clearing was of vital importance to the safety of his fellow soldiers and success of the mission at hand in an area crawling with possible threats.
He is survived by his mother, stepfather, three brothers and one sister. He was 22 years old. The governor has ordered all flags at government and court buildings lowered to half staff in honor hos sacrifice.