Filmmaker Michael Moore has claimed that his uncle Lornie was killed by a sniper in World War II but we can’t find evidence to support his claim.
The left-wing filmmaker has recently come under fire for criticizing the Chris Kyle biopic, “American Sniper.”
My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren't heroes. And invaders r worse
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 18, 2015
We went digging and found a photo of his uncle, Herbert “Lornie” Moore.
Ancestry.com claims that Moore was killed on March 10, 1945 in Manila.
The person who uploaded the photo two years ago said Moore was killed on March 12, 1945.
In 2009 Moore claimed that his uncle was killed in the Philippines in an interview but we couldn’t find any evidence that his uncle Lornie was killed by a sniper.
We did, however, find some material on a Herbert T. Moore who was also killed in action in the Philippines and buried in Flint, Michigan.
We found Herbert T. Moore killed in action on a troop website.
Moore has mentioned his uncle’s service before but we can’t find any example of the sniper.
“Who I really am is a person who deeply loves his country, whose father worked very hard on the assembly line, whose uncle helped to found the UAW, whose uncle was killed in World War II in the Philippines,” Moore said in 2009. “I’m an Eagle Scout. I’m a very conservative person. I’m with the same person I’ve known since she was 17. I was 21. I don’t own a share of stock. I just have a savings account with the 1 percent interest. And I’m going to put that out there, tell people why I feel the way I do, because it’s the way I was raised.”
It was later exposed that Moore was lying about not owning stock.
An obituary of Moore’s father, Francis, also a veteran of the Pacific Theatre, notes that “Lornie” was killed in action but not by a sniper.