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Transcript of oral history interview, 24 October 2013.
Interviewed by Steven Locklar, from The Citadel's Oral History Initiative.
Language: This interview is in English.
Transcript: 39 p.
Final copy prepared November 2017.

Charles "Chuck" Moore, a member and business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 776, was born in Florence, South Carolina, on July 19th, 1961. Soon after, his family moved to the Isle of Palms, located just outside the city of Charleston, where he spent his childhood and teen years. Directly after graduating from high school, Moore joined the Marine Corps and served from 1979 to 1983. He spent most of his service time overseas, first in Japan and later in Korea. After completing his years of service at the age of twenty, Moore attended Embry-Riddle College in Daytona, Florida, aspiring to become a helicopter pilot. However, he returned to South Carolina before finishing his training and, needing a steady job, decided pursue a civilian job, continuing on to join the local union. He explains that transitioning from military life to the union was not difficult because both systems provide similar structure and order. Moore talks about IBEW, the union which represents electricians and workers of the communication and broadcasting industries, and details its role in negotiating with contractors and ensuring benefits for the workers. He takes pride in his work with the union, in his trade, and in the Charleston-based projects on which he has participated. He says proudly, “I can walk around here and see every building I worked in. I’m a part of the community. I love being a part of the community. My children get tired of it because every time we ride around, [I say], ‘Yeah, I built that. I built that.’”


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