Moore will repeat torch performance
By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro
When George M. Moore Jr. carries the Olympic torch for two-tenths of a mile in Martinsburg, he will do it from his wheelchair.
Moore, 57, director of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, survived when his F-100 Super Sabre crashed on landing 31 years ago. The plane hit some construction and cartwheeled down the runway in a fiery ball.
He spent more than three years in hospitals. The accident cost him his legs and right arm and permanently mangled his left hand.
The crash did not, however, damage his personality. A visitor leaves feeling warm and upbeat.
Moore was nominated as an Olympic torch bearer by Steve Boykin, medical center associate director.
Moore said carrying the Olympic torch is a thrill. He should know. He carried the torch before, for the Summer Olympics in 1984 in Los Angeles.