USS UTAH BB-31 / AG-16
In early 1914, the USS Utah became involved in the Mexican Revolution. Utah served at the Vera Cruz incident where she helped prevent the delivery of arms from Germany to Mexican dictator Victoriano Huerta. Utah and her sister ship USS Florida were the first American vessels on the scene and landed a combined contingent of a thousand Marines and Bluejackets to begin the occupation of Vera Cruz. Over the next three days, the Marines battled rebels in the city and suffered 94 casualties. Utah would remain off the coast of Vera Cruz for two months before returning to port in New York. In the clash with Huerta’s forces, the sailors distinguished themselves earning 7 Congressional Medals of Honor.