“Shaken, not stirred.” Thinking of the famous 007, “Bond, James Bond”? Although he is not a fictional agent of the British Secret Service, a surprising fact about John Moore, a local Waynedale resident, is that he did indeed work for the CIA as an analyst from 1963 to 1970. He was awarded the medal for Civilian Service for his time spent in Vietnam, as well as, the CIA Certificate of Exceptional Service. Mr. Moore grew up in southeast Fort Wayne, graduating from South Side High School in 1954, immediately enlisting in the Army, where he served for three years. Afterward, he enrolled in Indiana University where he earned his BA and Master’s degrees in Political Science, continuing to be involved in the Army Reserves there.
His intriguing life story shows Mr. Moore returning to graduate studies at Cornell University in 1970, working in college administration in Pennsylvania for several years and returning to government service as a U.S. Army civilian in 1985. He was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal upon his retirement from the civil service in 1998. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves with a specialty in strategic intelligence.
Mr. Moore moved back to his Fort Wayne roots in 2005 and settled in Winterset addition. John married Jacqueline Bowman in 2007. He values two daughters and a son, she has one daughter and between the two of them, they enjoy four grandchildren. They are members of the Fort Wayne Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Old Mill Road. An amateur vocalist his entire life, John has sung with the Southside Concert Choir, IU Singing Hoosiers, Fort Wayne Bach Collegium and currently with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Chorus.
A long-time community activist and organizer, John is the new president of SWAP (Southwest Area Partnership) organization and is also currently president of the Winterset Association Board where he has been actively involved since 2006. Mr. Moore supports the Waynedale Community Improvement Team stating, “I really like the new energy we are seeing with the River Greenway connection and sidewalks and trails slated for Bluffton Road, and the overall improvements in Fort Wayne as a whole.”
Although there are many accomplishments, Mr. Moore can be proud of his past. The next time you see him, be sure to ask about his role in the “lawsuit of the century” in the mid-1980s. This was a trial concerning charges by CBS news that critical information was suppressed by the military, leading to a surprise offensive by the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese forces in January 1968. That story in itself is fodder for a whole other article.