Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command


West Indies Naval Campaign Medal from the USS New York


Red and blue ribbon with copper medal attached bust of William T Sampson

Title: West Indies Naval Campaign Medal
Accession #: NHHC 1964-110-A
Location: Headquarters Artifact Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command
Circa: 1901
Size: 1.5 x 3.0
Medium: Bronze, Silk

One bronze West Indies Naval Campaign Medal issued to Joseph Feinbloom. The obverse image of the medal is a relief engraved profile bust of William T. Sampson. Text around upper edge of the medal reads // U.S. Naval Campaign / West Indies 1898 // Text on proper right reads // William / T / Sampson // Text on proper left reads // Commander / in / Chief // The image on the medal reverse is a relief engraving of a Navy officer directing a Sailor with an armed Marine nearby. They are standing on a block engraved with the text // Santiago De Cuba / July 3. // The medal is suspended from a red-blue-red striped ribbon. The pin and clasp bar reads U.S.S. New York. The lower rim of the medal is engraved // Joseph Feinbloom // 

The West Indies Naval Campaign Medal, also called the Sampson Medal or Medal Commemorating Naval Engagements in the West Indies, is a commemorative medal authorized by Congress in 1901 for combat operations during the Spanish-American War. 

As the inscriptions on this medal indicate, this medal was issued to Joseph Feinbloom who served aboard the USS New York (ACR-2) during the Battle of Santiago de Cuba, 3 July 1898.


Reverse of West Indies Campaign medal raised image of soldiers with rifles

Name stamped on side of Sampson Medal

Side view of Sampson Medal
Published: Fri Jan 18 11:05:26 EST 2019