Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

The Spanish Campaign Medal


The Spanish Campaign badge is to be issued to officers and enlisted men of the Navy who served in the Navy in Cuban and Porto Rican waters and were attached to one of the following vessels between the dates mentioned (Navy Department Special Order No. 81 of June 27, 1908): 

In the 1920s, the award criteria was relaxed to provide for award of this medal to all those who served in the Navy during the Spanish -American War. 

[Historical note: Just how much attention is paid to the colors selected for service medal ribbons? Unfortunately, sometimes a mistake will occur. 

In 1908, the red-and-yellow color scheme was designated for the West Indies and Spanish campaign medals. Hundreds were awarded and worn before Navy leadership belatedly decided that a ribbon bearing the colors of the defeated Spanish nation - who by that time once again were allies - was inappropriate and orders were issued changing the ribbon color to blue-and-yellow. 

The change was duly made in 1913, but not without scores of the medals leaving the service through discharges and retirements. Officially, the color remains blue-and-yellow, but finding one with the politically incorrect red-and-yellow helps verify the age of this particular service medal.] 

ORIGINAL LISTING OF ELIGIBLE SHIPS AND DATES OF SERVICE 

USS Abarenda

07 Jun 1898-26 Jun 1898

USS Alexander

19 Jun 1898-30 Jun 1898

USS Amphitrite

21 Apr 1898-12 Aug 1898

USS Annapolis

25 Apr 1898-    "

USS Apache

04 Aug 1898-    "

USS Armeria

04 Jun 1898-03 Jun 1898

        "  

26 Jun 1898-12 Aug 1898

USS Accomac

21 Apr 1898-    "

USS Badger

01 Jul 1898-    "

USS Baltimore

21 Apr 1898-16 Aug 1898

USS Bancroft

09 May 1898-12 Aug 1898

USS Brooklyn

18 May 1898-    "

USS Boston

21 Apr 1898-16 Aug 1898

USS Brutus

23 Jul 1898-    "

USS Buccaneer

06 Aug 1898-12 Aug 1898

USS Caesar

06 Jul 1898-07 Jul 1898

USS Calumet

21 Jul 1898-12 Aug 1898

USS Castine

21 Apr 1898-    "

USS Celtic

18 Jun 1898-30 Jul 1898

USS Cincinnati

21 Apr 1898-30 May 1898

        "  

15 Jul 1898-12 Aug 1898

USS Charleston

20 Jun 1898-16 Aug 1898

USS Cheyenne

03 Aug 1898-12 Aug 1898

USS City of Pekin

20 Jun 1898-30 Jul 1898

USS Columbia

30 Jun 1898-12 Aug 1898

USS Concord

21 Apr 1898-16 Aug 1898

USS Cushing

  "      -12 Aug 1898

USS Detroit

 "           "

USS Dixie

18 Jun 1898-    "

USS Dolphin

21 Apr 1898-29 Jun 1898

USS Dorothea

30 Jun 1898-12 Aug 1898

USS Dupont

21 Apr 1898-03 Aug 1898

USS Eagle

23 Apr 1898-12 Aug 1898

USS Ericsson

21 Apr 1898-    "

USS Fern 

  "           "

USS Fish Hawk

24 Jul 1898-    "

USS Foote

21 Apr 1898-    "

USS Frolic

31 Jul 1898-    "

USS Glouchester

03 Jun 1898-    "

USS Gwin

08 Jul 1898-    "

USS Hamilton

01 May 1898-    "

USS Hannibal

25 Jun 1898-13 Jul 1898

      "  

30 Jul 1898-12 Aug 1898

USS Harvard

11 May 1898-02 Jun 1898

      " 

01 Jul 1898-10 Jul 1898

USS Hawk

23 Apr 1898-12 Aug 1898

USS Hector

30 Jun 1898-24 Jul 1898

USS Helena

21 Apr 1898-12 Aug 1898

USS Hist

25 Jun 1898-    "

USS Hornet

23 Apr 1898-    "

USS Hudson

05 May 1898-06 Aug 1898

21 June 1998

 

Published: Fri Apr 28 16:02:50 EDT 2017