COLONEL A. MORENO, 77, OF PERSHING UNIT
An Organizer of A.E.F.’s Counter-Espionage Group Dies – Won Decorations
WASHINGTON, October 8, 1955 – Colonel Aristides Moreno, USA, retired, who helped to organize the counter-espionage service of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I, died Thursday in Walter Reed Army Hospital of cancer. He was 77 years old.
Colonel Moreno was a native of New York. He graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1899 and later attended various military schools.
During World War I, while on the staff of General John J. Pershing, he organized and helped operate the counter-espionage system of the A.E.F. For his work in this field he received the Distinguished Service Medal.
Before the war he had participated in the Cuban and Vera Cruz occupations. He also served on the War Department commission on border claims against Mexico.
From 1943 to 1949 Colonel Moreno was with the International Telephone and Telegraph Company in New York as a staff assistant on international economic aid and world trade conditions.
Colonel Moreno retired in June 1926, but was recalled after the start of World War II. From 1941 to 1943 he was director of Supply and Service Division Headquarters of the Second Service Command on Governors Inland. He received the Legion of Merit for his World War II duties.
He was also the holder of the British Distinguished Service Order, the French Legion of Honor, the Belgian, Italian and Serbian decorations.
Surviving are his widow, Margaret; a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Cochran, and a son, Captain John Moreno, USN.
- COL INF USA
- DATE OF BIRTH: 05/06/1878
- DATE OF DEATH: 10/07/1955
- BURIED AT: SECTION 3 SITE 4629
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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