Last Surviving Veterans of the Spanish American War

By Patrick McSherry


General:

We are frequently asked if any Spanish American War Veterans still survive, and if not, who was the last veteran surviving. This page will clarify these issues.

The last surviving veteran of the Spanish American War:

There are no longer any veterans surviving from the Spanish American War today. The last surviving veteran was Jones Morgan, an African American. Mr. Jones passed away in Richmond, Virginia on August 29, 1993 at the incredible age of 110 years, 10 months and 6 days. Mr. Jones had served as a member of the U.S. Cavalry (either 9th or 10th) as a cook and horse wrangler. He has served from 1896 to 1900.
 

The Last surviving Rough Rider:

The last "Rough Rider" was Jesse Langdon. He passed away on June 28, 1975. Langdon served in K Troop.
 

The last surviving Spanish American War Medal of Honor recipient:

The last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from the Spanish American War was John Davis, a Gunners' Mate, 3rd Class aboard the U.S.S. MARBLEHEAD. Davis was wounded in the right leg during the cutting of the cables at Cienfuegos on May 11, 1898. David died on June 9, 1970 when he was 92 years old. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
 

The last surviving member of the 71st New York Volunteer Infantry:

The last member of the 71st New York to pass away was Ralph Waldo Taylor of Pompano Beach, Florida. He passed away on May 15, 1987 at the age of 105. He had served in Company K.



Bibliography:

Cohen, Stan, Images of the Spanish American War, April - August, 1898 (New York: Pictorial Histories Publishing Co., Inc, 1997) 328.

Hall of Heroes e-book http://www.homeofheroes.com/e-books/publisher/W_SpanishAmerican.doc - data on John Davis

Walker, Dale, "The Last Rough Riders," Rough Writings (Prescott AZ: Shaarlot Hall Museum Press, 1998), 19


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