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George Cregan

George Cregan
Born (1885-12-11)December 11, 1885
New York City, New York
Died June 30, 1969(1969-06-30) (aged 83)
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1907–1947
Rank Commander
Unit USS Florida (BB-30)
Battles/wars United States occupation of Veracruz
Mexican-American War
World War I
World War II
Awards Medal of Honor
Navy Cross

George Cregan (December 11, 1885 – June 30, 1969) was a Coxswain in the United States Navy and a Medal of Honor recipient for his role in the United States occupation of Veracruz.

Cregan served in the US Navy for 40 years, serving on board over 30 different vessels, and was awarded the Navy Cross for his participation in the 1929 salvage operation of the submarine “USS S-4”.

He died June 30, 1969 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. His grave can be found in section 46, lot 1066.

Medal of Honor citation

Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Place and date: On board the U.S.S. Florida, at Vera Cruz, Mexico, 21 April 1914. Entered service at: New York. Born: 11 December 1885, New York, N.Y. G.O. No.: 101, 15 June 1914.

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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 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.

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