Buchanan, Charles Allen, RADM

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Last Rank
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, IN
Last Address
Annapolis, MD

Date of Passing
Apr 03, 2001
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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9 5847 EH

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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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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Rochester (CA-2)US NavyUSS West Virginia (BB-48)USS Chicago (CA-29)
Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC)COMFIFTHFLTUSS Worcester (CL-144)US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1926-1926, USS Rochester (CA-2)
  1926-1930, USS Farenholt (DD-332)
  1930-1930, USS Hovey (DD-208)
  1930-1931, USS Omaha (CL-4)
  1931-1931, USS Detroit (CL-8)
  1931-1932, USS West Virginia (BB-48)
  1932-1933, USS California (BB-44)
  1936-1938, USS New Mexico (BB-40)
  1938-1940, USS Chicago (CA-29)
  1940-1941, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC)
  1945-1945, USS Drexler (DD-741)
  1945-1945, Commander, Task Force 51, COMFIFTHFLT
  1951-1952, USS Worcester (CL-144)
  1952-1954, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1962-1964, 14th Naval District/COMNAVBASE Pearl Harbor
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Sicily Campaign (1943)/Opertion Huskey
  1943-1943 Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)/Operation Avalanche
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Marshall Islands Operation (1944)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  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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United States Naval AcademyUnited States Naval Academy
  1922-1926, United States Naval Academy
  1933-1935, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Charles Allen Buchanan1
  Jun 03, 1929, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jun 30, 1936, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jul 01, 1940, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Aug 15, 1942, Promoted to Commander
  Aug 01, 1943, Promoted to Captain
  Jan 01, 1954, Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Jul 07, 2017, General Photos1
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