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First Name: Paul

Last Name: Foster

Birthplace: Wichita, KS, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Home of Record: KS
Middle Name: Frederick

Date of Birth: 25 March 1889

Date of Death: 30 January 1972

Rank or Rate: Vice Admiral

Years Served: 1911 - 1929, 1941 - 1946
Paul Frederick Foster

Graduate, U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1911

•  Occupation of Veracruz (1914)
•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Paul Frederick Foster

Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy

Medal of Honor Recipient

Occupation of Veracruz

Vice Admiral Paul Frederick Foster (25 March 1889 - 30 January 1972) 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.

Paul Frederick Foster was born on 25 March 1889 in Wichita, KS. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1911. He received the Medal of Honor for actions at the U.S. occupation of Veracruz in 1914. Foster left the Navy from 1929-1941 and was then recalled by President Franklin D. Roosevelt for World War II service. He retired from the Navy in 1946 as a Vice Admiral.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Ensign, U.S. Navy

Place and date: Veracruz, Mexico, 21 and 22 April 1914

Citation: For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. In both days' fighting at the head of his company, Ens. Foster was eminent and conspicuous in his conduct, leading his men with skill and courage.

Medals and Awards

Medal of Honor
Navy Cross

Death and Burial

Vice Admiral Paul Frederick Foster died on 30 January 1972. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, in Section 5, Lot 106.

Honoree ID: 1995   Created by: MHOH




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