List of Medal of Honor recipients (Veracruz)

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The United States occupation of the Mexican port of Veracruz lasted for six months. It occurred in the midst of poor diplomatic relations between Mexico and the United States. It also related to the ongoing Mexican Revolution.

In response to the Tampico Affair President Woodrow Wilson ordered the U.S. Navy to prepare for the occupation of the port of Veracruz. While waiting for authorization of Congress to carry out such action, Wilson was alerted to a German delivery of weapons. They were for Victoriano Huerta due to arrive to the port on April 21. Because of this Wilson issued an immediate order to seize the port's customs office. They were also ordered to confiscate the weaponry.

The Medal of Honor was created during the American Civil War. It is the highest military decoration presented by the United States government to a member of its armed forces. The recipient must have distinguished themselves at the risk of their own life above and beyond the call of duty in action against an enemy of the United States. Due to the nature of this medal it is commonly presented after the recipient has been killed (posthumously).[1]

Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels ordered that 56 Medals of Honor be presented to participants in the occupation of Veracruz. This was the most for any single action before or since. In total 63 Medals of Honor were received for actions during the occupation. One went to the Army. Nine webt to members of the United States Marine Corps. Fifty three went to Navy personnel.[2]

Recipients[change | change source]

Note: Notes in quotations are derived or are copied from the official Medal of Honor citation
Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes[3]
Edwin Anderson, Jr. Anderson, Jr., EdwinEdwin Anderson, Jr. Navy Captain Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-22 April 22 1914 Showed extraordinary heroism in battle, during the engagement of Veracruz, April 22, 1914, in command of the Second Seaman Regiment
Badger II, Oscar C.Oscar C. Badger II Navy Ensign Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 Led his men in both days' fighting at the head of his company
Beasley, Harry C.Harry C. Beasley Navy Seaman aboard the USS Florida, Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 1914 For “extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession”. Later killed in the line of duty as a police officer
Randolph C. Berkeley Berkeley, Randolph C.Randolph C. Berkeley Marine Corps Major Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 ”For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Veracruz, 21 – 22 April 1914”; was eminent and conspicuous in command of his battalion; was in the fighting of both days, and exhibited courage and his skill in leading his men through action. His cool judgment and courage and his skill in handling his men in encountering and overcoming the machine gun and rifle fire down Cinco de Mayo and parallel streets accounts for the small percentage of the losses of Marines under his command.
Bishop, Charles FrancisCharles Francis Bishop Navy Quartermaster Second Class aboard the USS Florida, Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 1914 For “extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession”
George Bradley Bradley, GeorgeGeorge Bradley Navy Chief Gunner's Mate Veracruz, Mexico April 1914 For meritorious service under fire as leader of the ammunition party and special details
Buchanan, AllenAllen Buchanan Navy Lieutenant Commander Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 ”For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Veracruz, 21 – 22 April 1914”
Smedley Butler Butler, SmedleySmedley Butler Marine Corps Major Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-22 April 22 1914 ”For distinguished conduct in battle, engagement of Veracruz, April 22, 1914”. Later received a second Medal of Honor for actions in Haiti in 1915.
Castle, Guy Wilkinson StuartGuy Wilkinson Stuart Castle Navy Lieutenant Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 ”For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Veracruz, 21 – 22 April 1914”
Albertus W. Catlin Catlin, Albertus W.Albertus W. Catlin Marine Corps Major Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-22 April 22 1914 ”For distinguished conduct in battle, engagement of Veracruz, April 22, 1914”. He exhibited courage and skill in leading his men through the action and in the final occupation of the city.
Courts, George McCallGeorge McCall Courts Navy Lieutenant Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 ”For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Veracruz, 21 – 22 April 1914”
Cregan, GeorgeGeorge Cregan Navy Coxswain aboard the USS Florida, Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 1914 On board the USS Florida, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession during the seizure of Veracruz, Mexico, April 21, 1914.
Decker, Percy A.Percy A. Decker Navy Boatswain's Mate Second Class aboard the USS Florida, Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 1914 For “extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession”
Abraham DeSomer DeSomer, AbrahamAbraham DeSomer Navy Lieutenant Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 For “extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession”
Drustrup, NielsNiels Drustrup Navy Lieutenant Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 1914 For meritorious service under fire on the occasion of landing of the naval forces at Veracruz, Mexico, on April 21, 1914
Dyer, Jesse FarleyJesse Farley Dyer Marine Corps Captain Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 ”For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Veracruz, 21 – 22 April 1914”; was in both days fighting at the head of his company, and was eminent and conspicuous in his conduct, leading his men with skill and courage.
Elliott, Middleton StuartMiddleton Stuart Elliott Navy Surgeon Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 ”For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Veracruz, 21 – 22 April 1914”
Frank F. Fletcher Fletcher, Frank FridayFrank Friday Fletcher Navy Rear Admiral Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 Directed the landing at Veracruz, Mexico
Frank J. Fletcher Fletcher, Frank JackFrank Jack Fletcher Navy Lieutenant Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 ”For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Veracruz, 21 – 22 April 1914”
Foster, Paul FrederickPaul Frederick Foster Navy Ensign Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 ”For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Veracruz, 21 – 22 April 1914”
Frazer, Hugh CarrollHugh Carroll Frazer Navy Ensign Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-22 April 22 1914 ”For extraordinary heroism in battle, engagement of Veracruz, April 22, 1914”
Eli T. Fryer Fryer, Eli ThompsonEli Thompson Fryer Marine Corps Captain Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 ”For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Veracruz, 21 – 22 April 1914”
Gaujot, Julien Edmund VictorJulien Edmund Victor Gaujot Army Captain Aqua Prieta, Mexico 01914-04-13 April 13 1914 Brother of Antoine A. M. Gaujot, also a Medal of Honor recipient. One of five pairs of brothers to have both received the Medal of Honor.
Round portrait of a young man dressed in a suit and with neatly combed hair. Gisburne, Edward A.Edward A. Gisburne Navy Electrician Third Class aboard the USS Florida, Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 For “extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession”
Grady, JohnJohn Grady Navy Lieutenant Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-22 April 22 1914 ”For distinguished conduct in battle, engagement of Veracruz, April 22, 1914”
Harner, Joseph GabrielJoseph Gabriel Harner Navy Boatswain's Mate Second Class aboard the USS Florida, Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 1914 For “extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession”
Harrison, William KellyWilliam Kelly Harrison Navy Commander Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 ”For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Veracruz, 21 – 22 April 1914”
Hartigan, Charles ConwayCharles Conway Hartigan Navy Lieutenant Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-22 April 22 1914 ”For distinguished conduct in battle, engagement of Veracruz, April 22, 1914”
Hill, Walter NewellWalter Newell Hill Marine Corps Captain Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 ”For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Veracruz, 21 – 22 April 1914”
Hughes, John ArthurJohn Arthur Hughes Marine Corps Captain Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 ”For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Veracruz, 21 – 22 April 1914”
Harry M. P. Huse Huse, Harry M. P.Harry M. P. Huse Navy Captain Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 First name erroneously given as "Henry" on citation
Jonas H. Ingram Ingram, Jonas H.Jonas H. Ingram Navy Lieutenant Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-22 April 22 1914 For distinguished conduct in battle, engagement of Veracruz, April 22, 1914. During the second day's fighting the service performed by him was eminent and conspicuous. He was conspicuous for skilful and efficient handling of the artillery and machine-guns of the Arkansas battalion, for which he was specially commended in reports.
Jarrett, Berrie H.Berrie H. Jarrett Navy Seaman aboard the USS Florida, Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 1914 On board the USS Florida Jarrett displayed extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession during the seizure of Veracruz, Mexico, April 21, 1914.
Johnston, Rufus ZenasRufus Zenas Johnston Navy Lieutenant Commander Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-22 April 22 1914 ”For distinguished conduct in battle, engagement of Veracruz, April 22, 1914”
Langhorne, Cary DeVallCary DeVall Langhorne Navy Surgeon Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-22 April 22 1914 For carrying a wounded man while under heavy fire.
Lannon, James PatrickJames Patrick Lannon Navy Lieutenant Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-22 April 22 1914 For extraordinary heroism in battle, engagement of Veracruz, April 22, 1914. Lt. Lannon assisted a wounded man under heavy fire, and after returning to his battalion was himself desperately wounded.
Lowry, George M.George M. Lowry Navy Ensign Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Veracruz, 21 – 22 April 1914; Ens. Lowry was in both days' fighting at the head of his company, and was eminent and conspicuous in his conduct, leading his men with skill and courage.
McCloy, John C.John C. McCloy Navy Chief Boatswain Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-22 April 22 1914 For heroism in leading 3 attacks along Veracruz sea front, drawing Mexican fire and enabling cruisers to save our men on shore, April 22, 1914. Though wounded, he gallantly remained at his post. Second award – previously awarded a Medal of Honor for action in the Boxer Rebellion.
McDonnell, Edward OrrickEdward Orrick McDonnell Navy Ensign Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 ”For extraordinary heroism in battle, engagements of Veracruz, 21 – 22 April 1914”
Frederick V. McNair, Jr. McNair, Jr., Frederick V.Frederick V. McNair, Jr. Navy Lieutenant Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-22 April 22 1914 For distinguished conduct in battle engagement of Veracruz, April 22, 1914. Lt. McNair was eminent and conspicuous in command of his battalion. He exhibited courage and skill in leading his men through the action and in the final occupation of the city.
William A. Moffett Moffett, William A.William A. Moffett Navy Commander USS Chester, harbor of Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 For his leadership of the USS Chester in a daring and dangerous night landing in 1914 at Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico
Wendell C. Neville Neville, Wendell CushingWendell Cushing Neville Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 For distinguished conduct in battle engagements of Veracruz 21 – 22 April 1914
Nickerson, Henry NehemiahHenry Nehemiah Nickerson Navy Boatswain's Mate Second Class Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 1914 For “extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession”
Nordsiek, Charles LuersCharles Luers Nordsiek Navy Ordinary Seaman aboard the USS Florida, Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 For “extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession”
Reid, George CroghanGeorge Croghan Reid Marine Corps Major Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 ”For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Veracruz, 21 – 22 April 1914”
Rush, William R.William R. Rush Navy Captain Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 For his bravery in battle in Veracruz Mexico
Schnepel, Fred JurgenFred Jurgen Schnepel Navy Ordinary Seaman aboard the USS Florida, Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 For “extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession”
Semple, RobertRobert Semple Navy Chief Gunner Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 1914 For meritorious service under fire
Sinnett, Lawrence C.Lawrence C. Sinnett Navy Seaman aboard the USS Florida, Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 1914 For “extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession”
Staton, AdolphusAdolphus Staton Navy Lieutenant Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-22 April 22 1914 ”For distinguished conduct in battle, engagement of Veracruz, April 22, 1914”
Stickney, Herman OsmanHerman Osman Stickney Navy Commander Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 ”For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Veracruz, 21 – 22 April 1914”
Townsend, Julius CurtisJulius Curtis Townsend Navy Lieutenant Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-22 April 22 1914 ”For distinguished conduct in battle, engagement of Veracruz, April 22, 1914”
Richard Wainwright, Jr. Wainwright, Jr., RichardRichard Wainwright, Jr. Navy Lieutenant Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 ”For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Veracruz, 21 – 22 April 1914”
Walsh, James A.James A. Walsh Navy Seaman aboard the USS Florida, Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 For “extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession”
Theodore S. Wilkinson Wilkinson, Theodore S.Theodore S. Wilkinson Navy Ensign Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 191401914-04-22 April 22 1914 For his skillful and courageous leadership of the USS Florida's landing force and his exhibition of "eminent and conspicuous" conduct.
William Zuiderveld Zuiderveld, WilliamWilliam Zuiderveld Navy Hospital Apprentice First Class Veracruz, Mexico 01914-04-21 April 21 1914 For “extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession”

Notes[change | change source]

  1. "A Brief History — The Medal of Honor". Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Department of Defense. August 8, 2006. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
  2. "Medal of Honor recipients". Medal of Honor statistics. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
  3. "Medal of Honor recipients". Mexican Campaign (Veracruz). United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2009.

References[change | change source]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
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