Robert J. Yered

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Robert J. Yered

Engineman First Class Robert J. Yered being awarded the Silver Star
Born 1940
Millis, Massachusetts
Died 2009
Awards Silver Star, Purple Heart

Robert J. Yered was an engine specialist in the United States Coast Guard who was awarded a Silver Star for heroic action during the War in Vietnam.[1][2]

Yered's Coast Guard service

According to the Milford Daily News, his local paper, Yered enlisted in the Coast Guard at seventeen years old.[1] He rose to the highest enlisted rank, prior to his retirement after 24 years of service.

Yered's 82 foot Point class cutter was moored in a river port at Cat Lay, Vietnam, on February 18, 1968, when the base was attacked by mortars and rockets.[2] According to his official biography:

In the early morning hours the terminal at Cat Lai was attacked by enemy rocket, mortar and small arms fire. As the heavy rounds beat into the terminal, one of the rockets struck a barge carrying several hundred tons of mortar ammunition. The barge was quickly engulfed in flames, and threatened to destroy three nearby ammunition ships carrying more than fifteen thousand tons of explosives.
Engineman Yered courageously exposed himself to enemy gunfire as he helped extinguish fires on the burning barge. His bold act averted not only the destruction of his own ship but also that of the entire terminal.[2]

Only eleven other members of the Coast Guard have been awarded silver stars.[2] Yered was also awarded a Purple Heart. 59 members of the Coast Guard were injured serving in Vietnam.

USCGC Robert Yereed

In 2010 when the Coast Guard decided that all the new Sentinel class cutters would be named after Coast Guard personnel who had been recognized for their heroism Yered was one of those to be honored.[2][3] The fourth cutter in the class will be named the USCGC Robert Yered.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Whitney Clearman (2012-01-29). "Coast Guard will name ship after Millis veteran". Milford Daily News. Retrieved 2012-04-21. "Robert Yered signed up for the Coast Guard at 17, George Yered remembers. He served 21 years and attained the highest rank as a non-commissioned officer before retiring and moving back to Millis with his wife and two children." 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Stephanie Young (2010-10-28). "Coast Guard Heroes: Robert J. Yered". United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  3. Stephanie Young (2010-10-27). "Coast Guard Heroes". United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 2012-04-20.