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Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz) - U.S. Navy

William Adger Moffett

  • Rank: Commander (Highest Rank: Rear Admiral)
  • Conflict/Era: Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz)
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Chester
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 21, 1914
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Vera Cruz, Mexico
For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21-22 April 1914. Comdr. Moffett brought his ship into the inner harbor during the nights of the 21st and 22d without the assistance of a pilot or navigational lights, and was in a position on the morning of the 22d to use his guns at a critical time with telling effect. His skill in mooring his ship at night was especially noticeable. He placed her nearest to the enemy and did most of the firing and received most of the hits.
Medal of Honor Recipient William A. Moffett
Medal of Honor Recipient William A. Moffett
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: October 31, 1869, Charleston, Charleston County, SC, United States
  • Died: April 4, 1933
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (3-1655-A), Arlington, VA, United States
  • Location of Medal: National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL

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