Vietnam Navy Posthumous Silver Star Pair
Excellent and rare pair as posthumously awarded to Robert William Moinester, Lieutenant JG, attached to Det. Hue, NAVUPACT Danang, USNAVFORV, United States Navy. From Lynbrook, New York, Lt. JG. Moinester was born July 15, 1943 and killed in action on January 31, 1968.
Both awards are correct officially named as issued.
The following was posted on the VN Memorial Wall (edited for length) "At the time of Bob's death, I was the Air Ops Officer of NAVSUPACT Danang and the primary pilot of its one airplane, a C-117. At the time of Bob's death, we were returning from a flight to Dong Ha. We received a call from the "White Elephant" (our headquarters), directing us to relay information from our Hue detachment on the Perfume River. TET had begun and Bob's detachment was under attack. Hue was a mess, covered with a pall of smoke, yet lit by explosions and tracers. Hueys and Cobras were everywhere, so we climbed above them and commenced a tight orbit at 2500' above the detachment. I thought I was talking to Bob but found out later that he was already gone. Their last words were "they're coming over the wire!" and the line went dead. 14 of our men had escaped via the river and made it to our Embassy in Hue.
Sincerely, Bill C."
His Silver Star Citation reads:
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.