MOFFETT, WILLIAM A.
Rank and organization: Commander, U.S.
Navy. Entered service at: Charleston, S.C. Born: 31 October 1869,
Charleston, S.C. G.O. No.: 177, 4 December 1915. Other Navy award:
Distinguished Service Medal.
For distinguished conduct in battle,
engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 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.