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|96k||Robert William Moinester was born on 15 July 1943 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Robert and Gertrude Moinester. He entered the United States Naval Reserve on 21 July 1965
following graduation from St. John's University. After completion of training at the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, California, Lt.(jg) Moinester was assigned to the United States Naval Support
Activity, Danang, in the Republic of Vietnam.
On the morning of 31 January 1968, Lt.(jg) 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, Lt.(jg) Moinester and his ramp personnel were enroute to their assigned work areas in Hue when they came under hostile mortar fire. Lt.(jg) 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 Lt.(jg) Moinester was killed during the attack, the enemy were driven from their positions, sustaining heavy casualties. In addition to the Silver Star, Lt.(jg) Moinester was posthumously awarded the National Order of Vietnam and Gallantry Cross with Palm from the Republic of Vietnam.
USS Moinester (DE 1097) was the first ship named in his honor.
|106k||2 November 1974: U.S. Naval Station, Norfolk, Va. - Taken at the commissioning ceremony for USS Moinester.||S. Dale Hargrave
Newport News, Va.
|109k||date / location unknown||-|
|66k||1977: location unknown (Photo ©Walter Bengtson)||Walter Bengtson|
|73k||date / location unknown (Photo ©Ignacio F. Lopez)||Ignacio F. Lopez
Spanish Navy (ret.)
|171k||undated ship portrait by © Atlantic Fleet Sales||Robert M. Cieri|
|132k||01 December 1981: In the Mediterranean - Port view of three U.S. ships, with lights strung up in the rigging, in port for a visit. The ships are, from front to
back, the frigate Moinester, the guided missile destroyer USS Coontz (DDG 40) and the Sixth Fleet
flagship, the destroyer tender USS Puget Sound (AD 38).
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-07028 by PH1 Douglas Tesner from the Defense Visual Information Center)
|189k||15 December 1981: In the Mediterranean - A port bow view of Moinester, taken from the guided missile destroyer USS Coontz
(DDG 40). The two ships are practicing approaches for at-sea replenishments.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-07027 by PH1 Douglas Tesner from the DVIC)
|94k||15 December 1981: In the Mediterranean - Commander Sixth Fleet Vadm. William H. Rowden watches from the bridge of the guided missile destroyer USS
Coontz (DDG 40) as the Moinester comes alongside. The ships are practicing
approaches for at-sea replenishment.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-07024 by PH1 Douglas Tesner from the DVIC)
|78k||01 November 1984: The frigate Moinester and the guided missile destroyer USS Richard E. Byrd (DDG 23) participate in a composite training unit exercise.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-01934 by PH3 J. Alan Elliott from the DVIC)
|93k||01 August 1986: The Moinester participates in an underway replenishment with the battleship USS Iowa (BB 61).
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-07122 by PHC Jeff Hilton from the DVIC)
|112k||01 August 1986: A port quarter view of Moinester underway alongside the battleship USS Iowa (BB 61).
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-07126 by PHC Jeff Hilton from the DVIC)
|87k||01 December 1986: NavSta Norfolk, Va. - A bow view of the frigates USS Truett (FF 1095) and Moinester tied up at a pier.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-06727 from the DVIC)
|256k||02 October 1987: the Elizabeth River, Portsmouth, Va. - A port bow view of the frigate Moinester undergoing overhaul and modifications at the Norfolk Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corporation.
(U.S. Navy photo VIRIN #DN-ST-88-08230 by Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret.) from DefenseImagery.mil)
|174k||08 March 1988: Naval Station, Norfolk, Va. - A mother and daughter await the arrival of the frigate Moinester at the ship's home port.
(U.S. Navy photo VIRIN #DN-ST-88-04096 by PH1 Harold Gerstein from DefenseImagery.mil)
|140k||08 March 1988: Naval Station, Norfolk, Va. - A young woman wearing a Navy cap awaits the arrival of the frigate Moinester at the ship's home port.
(U.S. Navy photo VIRIN #DN-ST-88-04097 by PH1 Harold Gerstein from DefenseImagery.mil)
|394k||01 February 1991: at sea - A starboard bow view of Moinester underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-05245 by PH2 Keske from the DVIC)
|75k||1992: NavSta Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - moored at the Naval Base
(Photo © James H. Hopper)
|James H. Hopper III
Commander, USN (ret.)
|189k||01 April 1993: Mobile, Ala. - Moinester and USS Jesse L. Brown (FF 1089)
are moored together at a pier at a Mobile shipyard.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-93-04164 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
|Navy Times Ship in the
Spotlight - © Mario DeMarco
|The USS Moinester (DE 1097) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site is not presently available.|
|Moinester's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 02 Nov. 1974 - 10 Jun. 1976||Cmdr. George Wallace Stewart (Mass. Maritime Acad. '56)|
|2.) 10 Jun. 1976 - 18 Aug. 1977||Cmdr. Haig S. Alemian* (NROTC '61) (Weymouth, Mass.)|
|3.) 18 Aug. 1977 - 01 Sep. 1977||Lcdr. Thomas W. Wagner (acting CO)|
|4.) 01 Sep. 1977 - 22 Oct. 1979||Cmdr. Glenn E. Whisler, Jr. (OCS '62) (Morgantown, W.V.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|5.) 22 Oct. 1979 - 12 Aug. 1982||Cmdr. Thomas Joseph Colavito (OCS '63) (Brooklyn, N.Y.)|
|6.) 02 Aug. 1982 - 06 Dec. 1984||Cmdr. Forrest Austin Horton (USNA '65) (Blue Hill, Me.)|
|7.) 06 Dec. 1984 - 02 Feb. 1987||Cmdr. Oliver K. Evans (OCS '65)|
|8.) 02 Feb. 1987 - 12 Jan. 1989||Cmdr. Earl Jay Fought (USNA '70) (Toler, Ky.)|
|9.) 12 Jan. 1989 - 09 Jan. 1991||Cmdr. Michael Gattrell Gaffney (USNA '71) (Lee's Summit, Mo.)|
|10.) 09 Jan. 1991 - 21 Jan. 1993||Cmdr. Pierre Grigsby Vining (USNA '73) (Syracuse, N.Y.)|
|11.) 21 Jan. 1993 - 28 Jul. 1994||Cmdr. Charles E. Morrison|
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