Fred E. Buchan
Colonel , United States Army
BUCHAN DEAD; VETERAN OF 2 WARS
Won Distinguished Service Medal for Part in Breaking the Hindenburg Line
WASHINGTON, August 4, 1932 – The War Department has been notified of the death today at Newton, Massachusetts, of Colonel Fred E. Buchan, retired, at the age of 58.
He was born in Wyandotte, Kansas, on October 5, 1873, and was graduated from the University of Kansas in 1894 and its law school the next year.
In the Spanish-American War he served as a Captain in the Twentieth Kansas Infantry. The next year he was appointed a Second Lieutenant of Cavalry in the Regular Army.
In the World War he was a Colonel in the National Army, being in charge of Operations and Training of the Second Army Corps in France, for which he received the Distinguished Service Medal. The citation said:
“During operations which broke the Hindenburg line between Cambrai and St. Quentin, he assisted in the planning and execution of operations of great moment with exceptional ability and tireless energy, and contributed to a high degree to the success of the operations.”
Colonel Buchan was promoted in 1924 to Colonel in the Regular Army and was retired last March after more than thirty years’ service. When he retired he was a member of the General Staff Corps. He was a graduate of the staff college and the Infantry-Cavalry School.
A widow survives. Burial will take place
in Arlington National Cemetery tomorrow.
BUCHAN, LAURA CONGER
Posted: 11 December 2007