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First Name: Allen

Last Name: Buchanan

Birthplace: Evansville, IN, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Home of Record: IN

Date of Birth: 22 December 1876

Date of Death: 12 January 1940

Rank or Rate: Captain

Years Served: 1899 - 1932
Allen Buchanan

•  Occupation of Veracruz (1914)
•  World War I (1914 - 1918)


Allen Buchanan

Captain, U.S. Navy

Medal of Honor Recipient

Occupation of Veracruz

Captain Allen Buchanan (22 December 1876 - 12 January 1940) was a U.S. Navy officer who received the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions during the Occupation of Veracruz.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy

Citation: 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.

Medals and Awards

Medal of Honor
Navy Cross

Death and Burial

Captain Allen Buchanan died on 12 January 1940. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, in Section 4, Grave 5845.

Honoree ID: 1983   Created by: MHOH




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