#VeteranOfTheDay Bud Moore


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Bud Moore.

Bud was drafted into the military on June 2, 1943, just a day after graduating high school and a week after his 18th birthday. He joined the Army and was assigned to the 90th Infantry Division, D Company, 359th Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion, 1st Platoon as a machine gunner. His division was sent to liberate Europe and landed on Utah Beach in France on D-Day. For his actions during the war, he was awarded five Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars.

When he returned to the states after the war, he got involved in racing right at the beginning of NASCAR’s inception in 1948. In 1957, he won the Cup Series title as the crew chief for Buck Baker. He eventually became a car owner, and won 63 races and two championships from 1961-2000. He was one of the first 10 people  inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011.

Bud passed away Nov. 27, 2017 at the age of 92.

We honor his service.

Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? You’re in luck! VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to newmedia@va.gov with as much information as you can put together, along with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating to learn how to create the best submission.


Melissa Heintz

Melissa Heintz joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2015 and currently works as the National Veterans Day Coordinator, National Veterans Outreach. She grew up on an Army base in Japan before her family relocated to Hawaii. She holds a degree in Journalism/Mass Communications and Spanish from Seattle University. Melissa has served as a public affairs specialist with Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In December 2015, Melissa commissioned in the Air National Guard where she serves as a public affairs officer with the 113th Wing, D.C. Air National Guard.