Monte Moorberg was born on July 18, 1939, in Lincoln, Nebraska. He entered the U.S. Air Force Academy on July 5, 1957, and graduated with a commission as a 2d Lt on June 7, 1961. Lt Moorberg next served as an instructor at James Connally AFB, Texas, from June 1961 to March 1962, followed by Undergraduate Pilot Training at Webb AFB, Texas, and Vance AFB, Oklahoma. He received his pilot wings at Vance AFB in March 1963, and then completed F-102 Delta Dagger Combat Crew Training at Perrin AFB, Texas, in November 1963. His next assignment was as an F-102 pilot with the 325th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Truax Field, Wisconsin, from November 1963 to May 1966. After completing F-105 Tunderchief Combat Crew Training, Capt Moorberg deployed to Southeast Asia where he served with the 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Korat Royal Thai AFB, Thailand, from August 1966 until he was killed in action over North Vietnam on December 2, 1966. His remains were returned to the U.S. on August 14, 1985, and he was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
His Air Force Cross Citation reads:
Captain Monte L. Moorberg distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force on 2 December 1966. On that date, Captain Moorberg led a flight of F-105 Thunderchiefs against the Phuc Yen Petroleum and Oil Storage Facility, located 14 miles north of Hanoi, North Vietnam. Despite intense antiaircraft fire, at least 3 SA-2 missile launches, a constant threat of MIG attack and exceptionally adverse weather, he led his flight to, and successfully put his ordnance on the target. His calm and courageous leadership was instrumental in enabling his flight to return safely. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Captain Moorberg reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.