Established on January 12, 1905, the Army version of the Spanish Campaign Medal honors members of the United States Armed Forces who served on qualifying deployments during the Spanish-American War.
Eligible dates and locations are as follows:
-Service in Cuba between May 11 and July 17, 1898
-Service in the Philippines or en route between June 30, 1898 and August 16, 1898
-Service in Puerto Rico between July 24 and August 13, 1898
The medal features the Morro Castle fortress in Havana, Cuba, over laurel branches and the year “1898.” An inscription on the upper portion of the medal reads “WAR WITH SPAIN.” The reverse of the medal features an eagle atop flags and weaponry over the words “FOR SERVICE.” The upper portion of the medal reads “UNITED STATES ARMY,” and 13 stars adorn the lower portion. The ribbon features three yellow and two navy blue vertical stripes, although awards prior to 1913 were issued with yellow and red stripes in reference to Spain’s national colors.
The Army version of the medal may be worn with the Citation Star.