Sarah Ann Moore – First Lieuenant, United States Army

On Sunday, March 11, 2007, SARAH ANNE MOORE (nee Stewart), of Bethesda, Maryland, passed away unexpectedly after surgery at Sibley Memorial Hospital, Washington, D.C.


She was the widow of G. Curtis Moore; beloved mother of Lucy Moore Wyatt and Catherine Moore Bergesen, and loving grandmother of Curtis Moore Bergesen, Hugh Henry Wyatt, and Paul Arthur Wyatt.

Born and raised in Southern New Jersey, she earned the rank of First Lieutenant as an Army nurse during World War II. In England, she met and later married Curt Moore, and they shared a 23-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service.

After her husband's death in 1973, Sally enjoyed her friends and pursued interests in gardening, politics, volunteer activities, travel, and genealogy.

A private memorial will be arranged and interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery on June 21, 2007 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity or The Nature Conservancy.

On March 1, 1973, eight Fatah terrorists, operating under the Black September banner, stormed the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Khartoum in Sudan during a farewell party for the US Embassy’s Charges d’Affaires George Curtis Moore.

The terrorists took Moore, US Ambassador Cleo Noel, Belgium Charges d’Affaires Guy Eid and two Arab diplomats hostage. They demanded that the US, Israel, Jordan and Germany release PLO and Baader-Meinhof Gang terrorists, including Robert F. Kennedy’s Palestinian assassin Sirhan-Sirhan and Black September Commander Muhammed Awadh (Abu Daud), from prison in exchange for the hostages’ release.

The hostages were tortured by their captors, and the next evening, the Palestinians brutally murdered Noel, Moore and Eid. They released their other hostages on March 4, 1973.

Arafat denied any involvement in the attack. The US officially accepted his denial.

Documents reveal that the Fatah leaders never expected their hostage-taking to result in the freeing of the captives. A primary goal of the attack was to strike at the United States because of its efforts to achieve a Middle East peace settlement, which many Arabs believed would be inimical to Palestinian interests. The Khartoum operation was also meant to demonstrate the ability of Arafat’s Black September organization to strike where least expected and to warn the US of the risk of possible future attacks from Fatah.

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