Buchanan, Charles, RADM

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Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1962-1964, 14th Naval District/COMNAVBASE Pearl Harbor
Service Years
1926 - 1964
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home Town
Brookville, Ind
Last Address
Ginger Cove Health Care Center in Annapolis.
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Date of Passing
Apr 03, 2001
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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Charles Allen Buchanan 
Rear Admiral, United States Navy

Charles Allen Buchanan, 96, a retired rear admiral who commanded a destroyer division and squadron during the Iwo Jima and Okinawa campaigns of World War II and retired in 1964 as commander of the naval district in Hawaii, died of respiratory failure April 3, 2001, at Ginger Cove Health Center in Annapolis, Maryland.  

He was operations officer and assistant chief of staff for an amphibious task force that landed in Sicily and Salerno, Southern Italy, and in the Marshall Islands and Guam during WWII. After the war, he became an aide to James Forrestal, the Navy secretary who was the first secretary of defense.  

Admiral Buchanan was an operations officer in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean, commanded the USS Worcester and was commandant at the U.S. Naval Academy in the early 1950s. He commanded a destroyer squadron in the Far East and was commander of the naval base at Newport, R.I. In Hawaii, he coordinated completion of the USS Arizona-Pearl Harbor Memorial.  

Admiral Buchanan was a native of Brookville, Indiana, and a graduate of the Naval Academy.  

His honors included the Navy Cross, two awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Gold Star and Combat "V" and the Silver Lifesaving Medal.
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Navy Cross
Awarded for actions during World War II 

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain Charles Allen Buchanan, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism as Officer in Tactical Command of a Radar Picket Station Unit during action against enemy Japanese forces at Okinawa in the Ryukyu Chain, on 12 April 1945. When an overwhelming force of Japanese aircraft flew in over his Task Force and launched a vicious suicide attack, Captain Buchanan fought his ships gallantly throughout the fierce engagement and, despite the tremendous odds, contributed to the success of his unit and cooperating combat air patrol squadron in accounting for more than thirty enemy aircraft shot down with minimum loss in personnel or damage to his own Task Force. An inspiring and forceful leader, highly skilled in the strategies of naval warfare, Captain Buchanan, by his superb direction of his ships' gunfire, his valiant conduct and courageous devotion to duty throughout this intensive action, contributed materially to the success of the bitterly fought Okinawa campaign and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: April 12, 1945
Rank: Captain
Company: Officer in Tactical Command
Division: Radar Picket Station Unit, Okinawa
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US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)US NavyCOMFIFTHFLT
  1922-1926, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1944-1945, Commander Destroyers, Battle Force
  1945-1945, USS Drexler (DD-741)
  1945-1945, COMFIFTHFLT/Commander, Task Force 51
  1952-1954, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1962-1964, 14th Naval District/COMNAVBASE Pearl Harbor
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  1941-1945 World War II
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
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