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Robert Franklin Weimorts

Date of birth: December 23, 1934
Date of death: MIA: April 22, 1966
Home of record: Eight Mile Alabama
Status: MIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Robert Franklin Weimorts (NSN: 0-603272), United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Pilot of an aircraft in Attack Squadron EIGHTY-FIVE (VF-85) during a bombing mission against the Qui Vinh railroad facility in North Vietnam on 16 April 1966. Lieutenant Commander Weimorts braved intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire and the constant threat of surface-to-air missiles while pursuing the attack against one of the most heavily defended links in the rail supply line between North Vietnam and the Viet Cong aggressors in the south. During the bombing runs, in which the lead aircraft was damaged by flak, he demonstrated a coolness under heavy fire which resulted in the destruction of two large areas of the railway and several of the standing railroad cars. Lieutenant Commander Weimorts' outstanding courage and skill were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: All Hands (December 1966)

Action Date: April 16, 1966

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Battalion: Attack Squadron 85 (VA-85)

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Robert Franklin Weimorts (NSN: 0-603272), United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Pilot of an aircraft in Attack Squadron EIGHTY-FIVE (VA-85), during a bombing strike against the strategic Cam Pha coal loading area in North Vietnam on 19 April 1966. Despite low clouds and heavy anti-aircraft fire in the target area, Lieutenant Commander Weimorts delayed his roll-in until he had maneuvered his aircraft to the ideal position for an effective run. He then made a perfect dive and scored direct hits on three large coal transporters that were his assigned targets, thereby immobilizing the entire coal-loading facility. By his courage, skill and devotion to duty in the face of heavy enemy fire, Lieutenant Commander Weimorts upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: All Hands (December 1966)

Action Date: April 19, 1966

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Company: Attack Squadron 85 (VA-85)