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Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz) - U.S. Navy

Frank Jack Fletcher

Details
  • Rank: Lieutenant (Highest Rank: Admiral)
  • Conflict/Era: Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz)
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 21, 1914
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Vera Cruz, Mexico
Citation
For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21-22 April 1914. Under fire, Lt. Fletcher was eminent and conspicuous in performance of his duties. He was in charge of the Esperanze and succeeded in getting on board over 350 refugees, many of them after the conflict had commenced. Although the ship was under fire, being struck more than 30 times, he succeeded in getting all the refugees placed in safety. Lt. Fletcher was later placed in charge of the train conveying refugees under a flag of truce. This was hazardous duty, as it was believed that the track was mined, and a small error in dealing with the Mexican guard of soldiers might readily have caused a conflict, such a conflict at one time being narrowly averted. It was greatly due to his efforts in establishing friendly relations with the Mexican soldiers that so many refugees succeeded in reaching Vera Cruz from the interior.
Medal of Honor Recipient Frank J. Fletcher
Medal of Honor Recipient Frank J. Fletcher
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Iowa
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: April 29, 1885, Marshalltown, Marshall County, IA
  • Died: April 25, 1973
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (MH) (2-4736-E), Arlington, VA
 

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