Gene L. Moeller (’53)

Category: Army ROTC Alumni Council Hall of Fame | Communities

Lieutenant Colonel Moeller graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1953 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Transportation Corps. Following his initial assignment, he was selected to attend flight school.

Moeller was a skilled helicopter and fixed wing pilot as well as a flight instructor with almost 10,000 hours of flying time. He deployed to Viet Nam and commanded an aircraft maintenance unit. He was a trained safety accident investigator and served in aviation unit’s critical staff positions of Quality Control Officer and Aviation Safety Officer. LTC Moeller’s culminating assignment was as Associate Professor of Military Science at the University of Tennessee. He retired from the US. Army in 1976.

Moeller returned to the University of Tennessee’s Athletic Department for which he played linebacker on the General Neyland’s 1951 National Championship team. He is acknowledged by Phil Fulmer as the person who originated the idea of the UT Letterman’s Wall of Fame. Also, Moeller became a campus champion for the UT Spirit program. After his passing, the Universal Cheerleader’s Association and Universal Dance Association named a national award after LTC Moeller that annually recognizes a university administrator who has made a significant impact on their university’s spirit groups.

Moeller passed away in 2002.