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

George Cregan

  • Rank: Coxswain (Highest Rank: Commander)
  • Conflict/Era: Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz)
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Florida
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 21, 1914
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Vera Cruz, Mexico

On board the U.S.S. Florida, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession during the seizure of Vera Cruz, Mexico, 21 April 1914. Cregan was ashore when he volunteered for an assault detail under Ens. George Maus Lowry on the Vera Cruz customhouse under enemy fire both in the alley between the customhouse and warehouse and the assault over the objective's walls. During the move up the alley, he tended a wounded comrade, J.F. Schumaker, holding a compress with one hand and firing with the other.

Medal of Honor Recipient George Cregan
Medal of Honor Recipient George Cregan
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: January 6, 1915

    Presented by Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels on the deck of the USS Florida at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York.

  • Born: December 11, 1886, New York, NY, United States
  • Died: June 30, 1969, Manasquan, NJ, United States
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (MH) (46-10666), Arlington, VA, United States
From the CMOHS Archives

Additional information on his action comes from U.S. Navy General Order No. 101, dated June 15, 1914: The other four volunteers in this action were Lawrence C. Sinnett, Harry C. Beasley, Joseph G. Harner, and J. F. Schumacker. All except for Schumacker received the Medal of Honor.


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