William A. Moffett
Medal of Honor Recipient
- Born: 31 October 1869, Charleston, South Carolina
- Rank: Commander
- Organization: United States Navy
- Accredited To: South Carolina
- Other Navy Award: Navy 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 22nd 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.