Spanish American War
West Indies Naval
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The Spanish Campaign Navy Special Meritorious Service Medal was
authorized 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. This 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 Indies Campaign. Most were issued to men involved in the rescue of
Spanish crewmen after the Battle of Santiago.
The medal is in the form of a maltese cross. In the center is a fouled
anchor, surrounded by a wreath of oak and laurel (representing strength
and victory respectively). In the circle around the wreath are the words
" * U.S. NAVAL CAMPAIGN * WEST INDIES." On the arms at the cross,
beginning at the left, are the following words: "SPECIALLY,"
"MERITORIOUS," "SERVICE," and "1898."
The reverse side (right, above) was left blank to allow for the
inscribing of the recipient's name indication of the act for which it
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Strandberg, LTC John E., and Roger James
Bender, The Call of Duty. 2nd Edition (San Jose, CA: R.
James Bender Publishing, 2004).
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