Navy Cdr. Haig S. Alemian, 38, commander of the destroyer escort, U.S.S. Moinester, died Thursday in Naples, Italy, of injuries suffered in a car accident.

In command of the ship since June, 1976, he was returning to his command, docked in Formica, from U.S. naval headquarters in Naples when the accident occurred. His home was in Springfield, Va.

Borin in Weymouth, Mass., Cdr. Alemian was commissioned in the Naval Reserve after graduation in 1961 from Tufts University.

He bacame part of the regular Navy two years later, when he was assigned a communications officer on the destroyer, U.S.S. Ohare.

After graduating from Destroyer School in 1965, Cdr. Alemian was operations officer on the U.S.S. Gurke, which participated in gunfire support missions in South Vietnam and search and rescue operations in the coastal waters off North Vietnam.

In 1967, he reported for two years of duty with the antisubmarine warfare personnel program branch of the plans and programs division. Bureau of Naval Personnel here.

He then served another tour of duty in South Vietnam. In 1971, he was named executive officer of the U.S.S. Voge.He later graduated from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. He was in the surface warfare division of the Office of Chief of Naval Operations before taking command of the Moinester.

Cdr. Alemian had been active for many years in the Boy Scouts and the Masons.

He had been a member of the board of trustees of the Sourp Khatch Armenian Apostolic Church here.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette, K. Alemian, a daughter, Karine, and [TEXT OMITTED FROM SOURCE]

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette a son, Gregory, of the home in Springfield; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sarkis Alemian, of Weymouth; two brothers, Stephan, of Weymouth, and Alan, of Silver Spring, and three sisters, Sylvia Pope and Claire Alemian, both of Weymouth, and Susan Bentley, of West Chester, Pa.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions of the Sourp Khatch Church in Chevy Chase.