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Spanish American War
A Virtual Cemetery created by: Carol Anne Hoch
Description: The Spanish War Service Medal was a military decoration of the United States Army which was established by an act of the U.S. Congress on July 9, 1918. The decoration recognizes those members of the Army who performed active duty during the Spanish-American War, but did not qualify for the Spanish Campaign Medal. To be awarded the Spanish War Service Medal, a service member must have served on active duty in the United States Army between the dates of April 20, 1898 and April 11, 1899. Those who were awarded the Spanish Campaign Medal were ineligible to receive the Spanish War Service Medal. The primary purpose for the creation of the Spanish War Service Medal was to recognize units of the Army which had performed homeland defense in the United States during the years of the Spanish-American War. The award was also presented extensively to members of the United States National Guard who had been federalized for active military duty but had not been deployed to actual combat in the Spanish-American War. The Spanish War Service Medal was a one time decoration and there were no devices authorized to the medal. The award was also strictly for Army personnel, since United States Navy and Marine Corps personnel, who had served in the Spanish-American War, qualified for the Spanish Campaign Medal regardless if overseas duty was performed. The first recipient of the Spanish War Service Medal was Major General Charles Clement who had served as the commander of U.S. forces in the United States during the Spanish-American War. The medal, itself, was similar in design to the Mexican Border Service Medal which had been established the same year as the Spanish War Service Medal.Anyone who served in the armed forces during the Spanish American War or during the Philippine American War was eligible for membership (this organization and the U.S. government both treated both of these separate wars as the same conflict). Of course, over 325,000 served in the Spanish American War, with the U.S. forces in the Philippine-American War peaked at over 70,000 men. As a result, the medal is not tremendously rare. To our knowledge, the serial numbers are not traceable on these medals. The medal is approximately 4" long and 1 1/2" wide. At the top, it is the American eagle within a laurel wreath and the shield of victory. The ribbon has 13 stripes and 13 stars. At the bottom of the ribbon is a cavalry saber, an infantry rifle, and a naval anchor all crossed, representing the various branches of the military. Dangling at the bottom of the medal is the Spanish American War cross, with the four arms reading "Porto Rico," "Cuba," "Philippines," with "USA" at the bottom. "Porto Rico" was the current spelling of Puerto Rico at the turn of the century. The dates on the cross read 1898-1902 with the words "Spanish War Veteran." The Spanish American War began and ended in 1898. The Philippine American War began in 1899 and continued into 1902, though some actions still occurred as late as 1906. The reverse side of the cross has the word "United" with "North", "South" "East" and "West" in the arms of the cross. This is where the non-traceable serial number also appears
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Anthony, Howard H. 50662872
b. Dec. 26, 1873 d. May 27, 1951
Grapeland City Cemetery
Houston County
Texas, USA
Barrier, Major E. 9029651
b. Jul. 26, 1874 d. Jul. 28, 1956
Bynum Cemetery
Houston County
Texas, USA
Bowen, Henry Woodford 35046066
b. Jun. 12, 1878 d. Jul. 12, 1965
Greenlawn Memorial Park
Jefferson County
Texas, USA
Castleschouldt, Elisha William 97365401
b. Jan. 21, 1881 d. Feb. 4, 1967
Bethel Cemetery
Montgomery County
Texas, USA
Hay, William Henry 21054398
b. May 28, 1879 d. Mar. 8, 1964
Garden Of Memories
Anderson County
Texas, USA
Hiser, William Franklin 51285139
b. Sep. 11, 1873 d. Feb. 28, 1966
Latexo Cemetery
Houston County
Texas, USA
McClung, David Deaderick, Sr 61176019
b. Aug. 17, 1867 d. Nov. 1, 1953
Saint Josephs Catholic Ce...
Anderson County
Texas, USA
McElroy, Hugh George 46552783
b. Feb. 29, 1884 d. Dec. 29, 1971
Paradise North Cemetery
Harris County
Texas, USA
Roberson, Emlace 51272163
b. Sep. 20, 1880 d. May 27, 1954
Ivie Cemetery
Houston County
Texas, USA
Rudd, James Burrel 49489708
b. Oct. 3, 1875 d. Dec. 5, 1918
Mount Vernon Cemetery
Houston County
Texas, USA
Schattel, Adolph 119886999
b. Oct. 16, 1874 d. Oct. 3, 1961
Saint Josephs Catholic Ce...
Anderson County
Texas, USA
Shupak, John A 54995232
b. Aug. 19, 1886 d. May 12, 1937
Earthman Resthaven Cemete...
Harris County
Texas, USA
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