Rank and organization: Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy. Born:
22 December 1876, Evansville, Ind. Accredited to: Indiana. G.O. No.:
177, 4 December 1915. Other Navy award: Navy Cross.
For distinguished conduct in battle,
engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. In command of the 1st Seaman Regiment, Lt.
Cmdr. Buchanan was in both days' fighting and almost continually under fire from soon
after landing, about noon of the 21st, until we were in possession of the city, about noon
of the 22d. His duties required him to be at points of great danger in directing his
officers and men, and he exhibited conspicuous courage, coolness, and skill in his conduct
of the fighting. Upon his courage and skill depended, in great measure, success or
failure. His responsibilities were great, and he met them in a manner worthy of