Commander, United States Navy
in New York City on December 11, 1885 and he served in the United States
Navy from 1907 to early 1947 in 30+ ships. He was awarded the Medal of
Honor while serving aboard the USS Florida at Vera Cruz, Mexico, on April
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. Citation: 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 Ensign 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.
The Navy Cross was awarded 9 May 1928 as a result of his service and actions during the salvage operations in the raising of submarine S-4. At that same time he was also awarded a Navy Department letter of Commendation.
He died on June 30, 1969 and was buried in Section 46 of Arlington National Cemetery.
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