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U.S. Navy West Indies Naval Campaign Medal

("Sampson  Medal"),

Second Issue

Contributed by Peter Knepton

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U.S. Navy West Indies Naval Campaign Medal, Second Issue

In the first issue (to see this version, click here) of this medal, the pendant and ribbon were suspended from bronze engagement bars with the bar with the name of the ship upon which the recipient served being the top bar.  In 1908, the suspension ribbon was attached directly to the ship bar and campaign or engagement bars were clasped to the ribbon.

This paticular second issue style Sampson medal was awarded to Micheal Haley when he served a an Oiler on the USS Indiana during the Battle of Santiago, July 3, 1898 off the coast of Cuba.

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