Allen Buchanan (Medal of Honor)

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Buchanan, Allen
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Allen Buchanan
Born (1876-12-22)December 22, 1876
Evansville, Indiana
Died January 12, 1940(1940-01-12) (aged 63)
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1899 - 1932
Rank Captain
Battles/wars United States occupation of Veracruz
World War I
Awards Medal of Honor
Navy Cross

Allen Buchanan (December 22, 1876 – January 12, 1940) was an officer in the United States Navy and a Medal of Honor recipient for his role in the United States occupation of Veracruz.

He died January 12, 1940 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. His grave can be found in Section 4, Grave 5845.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy. Born: 22 December 1876, Evansville, Ind. Accredited to: Indiana. G.O. No.: 177, 4 December 1915. Other Navy award: Navy Cross.


For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. In command of the 1st Seaman Regiment, Lt. Cmdr. Buchanan was in both days' fighting and almost continually under fire from soon after landing, about noon of the 21st, until we were in possession of the city, about noon of the 22d. His duties required him to be at points of great danger in directing his officers and men, and he exhibited conspicuous courage, coolness, and skill in his conduct of the fighting. Upon his courage and skill depended, in great measure, success or Failure. His responsibilities were great, and he met them in a manner worthy of commendation.[1]

Navy Cross citation[edit]


The Navy Cross is awarded to Commander Allen Buchanan, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Downes, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of patrolling the waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, in escorting and protecting vitally important convoys of troops and supplies through these waters, and in offensive and defensive action, vigorously and unremittingly prosecuted against all forms of enemy naval activity.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
  1. ^ ""ALLEN BUCHANAN" entry". Medal of Honor recipients: Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz). United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Archived from the original on 23 May 2008. Retrieved May 20, 2008. 

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