Mousa Namjoo

Mousa Namjoo
Minister of Defense
In office
2 September 1981  29 September 1981
Prime Minister Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani
Preceded by Mostafa Chamran
Succeeded by Javad Fakoori
Personal details
Born 17 December 1938
Bandar-e Anzali
Died 29 September 1981(1981-09-29) (aged 42)
Kahrizak District
Nationality Iranian
Children Three
Alma mater Imam Ali Military University
Religion Islam
Military service
Major general
Awards Order of Nasr

Mousa Namjoo (Persian: موسی نامجو) (1938- 29 September 1981) was an Iranian military officer who served as the minister of defense and armed forces logistics in the interim government of Iran.


Namjoo was born in Bandar-e Anzali on 17 December 1938.[1] He graduated from Imam Ali Military University.[2] He was married and had three children.[3]

He worked at the National Military Academy with the rank of colonel.[4][5] He was instrumental in developing a cooperation between the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps and army before and during the Iran Iraq war.[5] He also fought in the war.[6] He was appointed minister of defense and armed forces logistics to the interim government led by Prime Minister Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani on 2 September 1981.[7]

Namjoo was killed in a plane crash together with 80 other people on 29 September 1981 near Tehran.[4][6][8] The aircraft was a US-made C-130 Hercules transport plane.[9][10] Other leading military figures killed in the crash were Valiollah Fallahi, Javad Fahouri and Mohsen Kolahdoz.[11][12] On 1 October 1981, a funeral service was held for Namjoo and other victims at the military academy in Tehran.[9]


A book, entitled A Man with Orange Color, was published by Ezzatollah Alvandi in 2005 concerning Namjoo's biography.[13]


  1. Alvandi, Ezzatolah (2005). مردی به رنگ پرتقال (شهید سید موسی نامجو) (in Persian). Tehran: Shahed. ISBN 964-394-210-4.
  2. شهید سرلشکر موسی نامجوی وب‌گاه رسمی وزارت دفاع ایران] Ministry of Defense
  3. خاطراتی ازشهید سرتیپ خلبان سید موسی نامجو وب‌گاه رسمی مرتضی آوینی] Aviny
  4. 1 2 "The Revolutionary Period". Country Data. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  5. 1 2 "National security". Pars Times. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  6. 1 2 Kiefner, John (1 October 1981). "4 military chiefs in Iran are killed in a plane crash". The New York Times. Beirut. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  7. Hosseini, Mir M. "Interim Government Formed". Fourman. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  8. "Chronological Listing of Iranian Losses & Ejections". History. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  9. 1 2 "Crash kills Iranian military leaders". Herald Journal. Beirut. AP. 1 October 1981. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  10. "103 Reported Killed as Iranian Army Plane Crashes; Altimeter Suspected". Los Angeles Times. Tehran. 4 November 1984. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  11. "Iranian military aircraft crashes". Sarasota Journal. UPI. 30 September 1981. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  12. Sepehr Zabir (25 February 2011). Iran Since the Revolution (RLE Iran A). Routledge. p. 194. ISBN 978-0-415-61069-8. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  13. "Biography of Martyr Namjoo". Tehran: Shahed. 16 September 2005. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
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