Rough Rider Medal
By Andrew Lipps
This medal, often thought to be a reunion medal, was struck by Theodore
Roosevelt for members of the First U. S. Volunteer
Cavalry ("Rough Riders") on the unit's return to the U.S. after serving
in Cuba. Roosevelt notes
the medal in his book, The Rough Riders referring to it as "the
medal I gave to my men." It is a two piece bronze medal with a T pin top
bar titled "1ST U.S. VOL. CAV." The 5th Corps
badge and letters "RR" appear in the center of the planchet, which
notes the battles and campaigns of the unit.
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