Marker #1207 Lieutenant Charles Moran – USAF

Historical Marker #1207, in Horse Cave, Kentucky, commemorates Lieutenant Charles B. Moran’s service in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

Charles Barthell Moran was born in 1924 in Horse Cave of Hart County, Kentucky. Moran is best known for shooting down the second invading plane of the Korean War. He was a member of the 68th Fighter (AW) Squadron, 6160th Air Base Wing. Moran shot down a North Korean LA-7, following Lieutenant William G. Hudson’s attack on the first enemy aircraft. In 1950, Moran was injured in Korea and lost his life. As a result, the Air Force recorded his death as killed in action. Moran was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart and is remembered at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Marker #1207 was dedicated in 1969 by the Kentucky Historical Society. It reads: Lt. Charles Moran-USAF. Shot down a lead plane of first invading flight of the Korean War, June 27, 1950. Four of enemy's nine fighter planes destroyed. Lt. Moran was killed in action 40 days later, Aug. 7, 1950. Member of 68th Fighter (AW) Squadron. Born in Horse Cave in 1924. Grandson of "Uncle Charlie" Moran, Centre's famous football coach. Lt. Moran buried in Horse Cave Cemetery.