Spanish American War
West Indies Naval Campaign
Contributed by Tim
The Spanish Campaign Navy Special Meritorious Service Medal was
by Congress on march 3, 1901 and was meant to be issued to qualifiying
individuals for acts of valor done between May 1 and August 16, 1898.
medals was to be issue to mebers of the Navy and Marines to commemorate
"heroic and conspicuous service, other than in battle in the West
Campaign. Most were issued to men involved in the rescue of Spanish
after the Battle of Santiago.
The medal is in the form of a maltese cross. In the center is a
anchor, surrounded by a wreath of oak and laurel (representing strength
and victory respectively). In the circle around the wreath are the
" * U.S. NAVAL CAMPAIGN * WEST INDIES." On the arms at the cross,
at the left, are the following words: "SPECIALLY," "MERITORIOUS,"
The reverse side (right, above) was left blank to allow for the
of the recipient's name indication of the act for which it was gained.
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