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Manila Bay, PI
1 Franz Itrich (Navy) of the USS Petrel earns the first Medal of Honor May 11
52 Medals of Honor awarded in Cable Cutting Mission
USS Marblehead (26)
USS Nashville (26)
Van Etten, Hudson
Volz , Robert
Cardenas Harbor, Cuba
3 Navy Medals of Honor awarded for heroism in action against shore batteries to members of the USS Winslow:
Cavite, Manila Bay, PI
3 Navy Medals of Honor awarded for heroism after the explosion in the boiler room of the USS Concord:
2 Navy Medals of Honor awarded for heroism after the explosion in the boiler room of the USS Vixen:
Santiago Harbor, Cuba
8 Navy Medals of Honor awarded for the efforts to block the entrance to the harbor by sinking the old collier USS Merimac. (All 8 volunteers were captured and were the only Medal of Honor heroes to become prisoners of war.
John E. Murphy
Cuzco Well, Cuba
2 Marines become the first Marines to earn Medals of Honor in the Spanish- American War during the battle at Cuzco Well, near Guantanamo, Cuba:
Las Guasimas, Cuba
1 Assistant Surgeon James Robb Church becomes the first member of the US Army to earn the Medal of Honor in the Spanish-American War. June 30
1 During a brief Naval battle, Frederick Muller earns a Medal of Honor June 30
4 Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry earn Medals of Honor for their heroic rescue of trapped soldiers, becoming the first BLACK recipients of the war.
Dennis Bell William Thompkins Fitz Lee George Wanton July 1
El Caney, Cuba
9 Members of the 17th U.S. Infantry earn Medals of Honor during the battle for El Caney, in support of attacks on nearby San Juan and Kettle Hills:
San Juan & Kettle Hill
15 soldiers earn Army awards of the Medal of Honor during the attacks on San Juan and Kettle Hills overlooking Santiago de Cuba:
Co C, 10th Cavalry
Co F, 10th Infantry
Co H, 21st Infantry
Edward Baker Charles Cantrell
Co A, 13th Infantry
Presented belatedly by special act of Congress in 2001, Roosevelt's Medal of Honor was the ONLY posthumous award of the war. July 2
Santiago de Cuba
1 Ira Welborn receives the Medal of Honor for rescuing a wounded comrade. July 3
Santiago Harbor, Cuba
1 Aboard the USS Brooklyn, Harry MacNeal is the only man to receive the Medal of Honor during the famous Naval battle of Santiago, becoming the LAST Marine of the war to earn our Nation's highest award. July 20
At Sea near Santiago
2 After an explosion in the boiler room of the USS Iowa, Philip Keefer and Robert Penn earn Medals of Honor for their courage in rescuing their comrades and neutralizing the danger created by hot steam and fires. July 23
Bahi Hondo, Cuba
1 While attempting to off-load supplies from the USS Wanderer, John Heard becomes the last member of the US Army to earn the Medal of Honor during the Spanish-American war. July 26
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
4 Four sailors from the USS Marblehead perform the last Medal of Honor actions of the war in a 2-day mission to clear dangerous mines from Guantanamo Bay:
Total Awards - 110
NO Medal of Honor recipients were killed in action during the war.
EIGHT Medal of Honor recipients were captured and became Prisoners of War.
AT LAST FOUR Medal of Honor recipients received wounds during their actions.
Five BLACK soldiers and one BLACK seaman received Medals of Honor.
Navy hero of Cienfuegos, JOHN DAVIS was the last living Spanish-American War Medal of Honor recipient. He died June 9, 1970 in St. Petersburg, FL at age 92.
The last Medal of Honor to be awarded for Spanish-American War heroism was presented posthumously to the family of Theodore Roosevelt on January 16, 2001 by President William Clinton.
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