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MOFFETT, WILLIAM

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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.

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U.S. Navy Commander (highest rank: Rear Admiral) U.S.S. Chester

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Mexican Campaign 1914 Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina

Citation

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.