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Cary DeVall Langhorne Historical Marker Dedication
On Monday, May 14, at 1:00 p.m., the City of Lynchburg will join with area veterans to honor Medal Award of Honor recipient and Lynchburg native, Cary DeVall Langhorne, with the unveiling of a commemorative marker at 313 Washington Street.
Cary DeVall Langhorne was born in Lynchburg on May 14, 1873, into what is considered 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 July 23 to December 23, 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.
According to the Arlington National Cemetery website, Langhorne was attached to the battleship U.S.S. Vermont and the Second Seaman Regiment where he served with distinction during the occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico, and April 1914. On the morning of April 22, 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. 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 Honor. The Medal was presented to him on December 4, 1915. He died on April 25, 1948 and was buried in Section 11 of Arlington National Cemetery.