A DAUGHTER’S MEMORY SPURS A MOM’S FIGHT

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CHARMAINE BIEDA BELIEVES THE ARMY FAILED
TO PROTECT HER DAUGHTER FROM AN ABUSIVE SPOUSE.

Sunday, September 10, 1995

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By DAWN SHURMAITIS

NANTICOKE — Charmaine Bieda is waging a terribly personal war against the
very government her daughter swore to serve.

The 58-year-old widow is convinced her youngest child, Pvt. Charlene Bieda
Moore, is dead because the military didn’t follow its own regulation to
protect spouses from violence. Following months of abuse in 1984,
Charlene’s husband — another Army private — stabbed the 20-year-old
pregnant soldier once in the stomach and three times in the back.

For that, Bieda wants the government to pay — $10 million.

Bieda insists the Army was negligent because her daughter’s superiors knew
Pvt. Butch Moore was violent, unstable and abusing his wife of six months.

“They knew,” she says in a hesitant voice that rarely rises above a
whisper. “Somebody should have helped.” Read the rest…

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