Moinester, Robert William, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
110X-Unrestricted Line Officer - No Specialty Engagement
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 110X, Headquarters, NSA Danang, Vietnam, NSA Danang, Vietnam
Service Years
1965 - 1968
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1943
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lynbrook, NY
Last Address
Lynbrook, NY

Casualty Date
Jan 31, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Long Island National Cemetery - Farmingdale, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
36E 025 / Plot: Section N Site 30773-A

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
NAB Coronado, CAHeadquarters, NSA Danang, Vietnam, NSA Danang, Vietnam
  1966-1966, NAB Coronado, CA
  1967-1968, 110X, Headquarters, NSA Danang, Vietnam, NSA Danang, Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (68)
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Saint John's University, Jamaica New York
  1961-1965, Saint John's University, Jamaica New York
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  Jun 30, 2002, REMEMBERED: by his Mother
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Last Known Activity
On the morning of 31 January 1968 at the start of the Tet Offensive, LTJG Moinester was serving as Officer in Charge of the Hue Ramp Detachment. Unaware that the city had been infiltrated by a large number of North Vietnamese Army units during the night, LTJG Moinester and his ramp personnel were enroute to their assigned work areas in Hue when they came under hostile mortar fire. LTJG Moinester organized his men into an infantry platoon and led them in house-to-house clearing operations under intense hostile fire. Observing enemy soldiers in a building to his front, he organized a frontal attack. Although LTJG Moinester was killed during the attack, the enemy were driven from their positions, sustaining heavy casualties.
   
Comments/Citation

 
Name of Award
Silver Star

Year Awarded
1968
 
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Robert William Moinester (NSN: 0-699034), United States Naval Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Officer-in-Charge of the Hue Ramp, Hue Detachment, Naval Support Activity in connection with military operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 31 January 1968, numerous units, including Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Moinester and his ramp personnel, were en route to their assigned work areas in Hue. Unaware that the city had been infiltrated by large North Vietnamese Army units during the night, the column continued toward Hue and suddenly came under hostile mortar fire. Unit commanders were ordered to organize their men as combat units and continue to their assigned areas. Quickly organizing his men into an infantry platoon, composed of United States Navy, Marine Corps and Army personnel, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Moinester repeatedly exposed himself to increasingly intense hostile fire as he led his men in house-to-house clearing operations. Alertly observing enemy soldiers in a building to his front, he rapidly organized a frontal attack utilizing automatic rifles and grenade launchers as a base of fire and aggressively led the assault against the well entrenched enemy. Although Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Moinester was killed during the attack, the enemy were driven from their reinforced positions and sustained heavy casualties, enabling the column to continue its movement into the city. By his inspiring leadership, courageous actions and selfless devotion to duty, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Moinester upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: January 31, 1968
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Company: Hue Detachment
Division: Naval Support Activity
   
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