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U.S. Navy Philippine Campaign Service Medal

By Patrick McSherry

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Though not officially a Spanish American War medal, those who served in the "Philippine Insurrection," more properly known as the "Philippine-American War," are often considered Spanish American War Veterans. The Philippine Campaign Servce medal was issued by the United States government to all members of the the U.S. Navy who served during the period of the Philippine-American War.

The front side (left, above) has the statement "PHILIPPINE CAMPAIGN" around the top. At the bottom are the dates "1899-1903." Depicted in the center is a city gate with the Philippine countryside beyond.

The reverse side (right, above) has the statement "UNITED STATES NAVY" around the top, and "FOR SERVICE" below the eagle. The center bears the image of an eagle alighting on a foul anchor. Below the words "FOR SERVICE" are two types of leaves. The leaves curving to the left are oak leaves, a symbol of strength. The leaves curving to the right are olive leaves, the symbol of peace. This reverse side of the medal is identical to the reverse side of the Spanish American War Navy Service medal.

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