Cary DeVall Langhorne
Commander, United States Navy
DeVall Langhorne was born into one of Virginia’s first families.
He graduated from Medical School at the University of Virginia in 1896
and was interning at New York Hospital two years later when he joined the
Navy. He served at the Norfolk, Virginia, Naval Hospital from 23
July to 23 December 1898 before being sent to the Philippines, where he
served on board several ships and earned a special commendation during
the U.S. intervention there.
Attached to the battleship U.S.S. Vermont and
the Second Seaman Regiment, Langhorne served with distinction during the
occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico, April 1914. On the morning of 22
April, troops from the Second Seaman Regiment (sailors from battleships
U.S.S. New Hampshire, U.S.S. Vermont, U.S.S. South Carolina, U.S.S. New
Jersey) prepared to occupy the city of Vera Cruz. Their commanding
officer took no precautions against enemy attack while marching toward
the Mexican Naval Academy, and the sailors came under heavy fire from the
Naval Academy cadets. Chaos ruled the streets, but Langhorne and
a few enlisted men received notice for attending and removing the wounded
while the American Sailors regrouped. Langhorne personally carried
a wounded man from the battlefield, for which he received the Medal of
He died on April 25, 1948 and was buried in Section 11 of Arlington National Cemetery.
Courtesy of the Home of Heroes
LANGHORNE, CARY DeVALL
Rank and organization: Surgeon, U.S. Navy. Born: 14 May 1873, Lynchburg, Virginia. Accredited to: Virginia. G.O. No.: 177, 4 December 1915.
For extraordinary heroism in battle, engagement of Vera Cruz, 22 April 1914. Surg. Langhorne carried a wounded man from the front of the Naval Academy while under heavy fire.
LANGHORNE, CARY DEVALL
LANGHORNE, ZAIDEE GAFF WIDOW OF CARY DEVALL
Updated: 30 September 2000 Updated: 30 April 2001 Updated: 26 December 2001 Updated: 15 March 2003 Updated: 8 May 2004