Established on July 9, 1906, the Philippine Congressional Medal honors United States Army personnel who enlisted specifically in response to President William McKinley’s call to serve. Eligible individuals must have met the following criteria:
-Initial enlistment between the dates of April 21, 1898 and October 26, 1898
-Term of service extending beyond April 11, 1899
-Term of service in the Philippines taking place after July 6, 1899
-Honorable discharge or death in advance of discharge
The medal features the image of three soldiers carrying a United States flag and bearing arms, encircled by an inscription reading “PHILIPPINE INSURRECTION” and the year “1899.” The reverse features a wreath of pine and palm joined by a bow; text reads “FOR PATRIOTISM FORTITUDE AND LOYALTY.” The ribbon is blue with a thin vertical white stripe followed by a thicker red stripe and white stripe proceeding inward on each side.