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The Medal of Honor
In the Spanish-American War

May 1
Manila Bay, PI
Franz Itrich (Navy) of the USS Petrel earns the first Medal of Honor
May 11
Cienfuegos, Cuba
52 Medals of Honor awarded in Cable Cutting Mission 

USS Marblehead (26)

, James  
Carter, Joseph  
Chadwick, Leonard  
Davis, John  
Doran, John  
Erickson, Nicholas  
Foss, Herbert  
Gill, Freeman  
Hart, William  
Hendrickson, Henry  
Johanson, John  
Kramer, Franz  
, William  
Mager, George 
Maxwell, John  
Oakley, William  
Olsen, Anton 
Russell, Henry  
Vadas, Albert  
Wilke, Julius  
Williams, Frank  

, Daniel
Kuchneister, Hermann 
Meredith, James
Sullivan, Edward
West, Walter 

USS Nashville (26)

, Benjamin 
Barrow, David 
Beyer, Albert 
Blume, Robert 
Bright, George 
Durney, Austin 
Eglit, John 
Gibbons, Michael 
Hoban, Thomas 
Johansson, Johan 
Krause, Ernest 
Meyer, William 
Miller, Harry 
Miller, Willard 
Nelson, Lauritz 
Riley, John 
Sundquist, Gustav 
Van Etten, Hudson 
Volz , Robert 

Field, Oscar
Franklin, Joseph
Gaughan, Philip
Hill, Frank
Kearney, Michael
Parker, Pomeroy
Scott, Joseph

May 11
Cardenas Harbor, Cuba
3 Navy Medals of Honor awarded for heroism in action against shore batteries to members of the USS Winslow:
George Brady

Thomas Cooney

Hans Johnsen

May 21
Cavite, Manila Bay, PI
3 Navy Medals of Honor awarded for heroism after the explosion in the boiler room of the USS Concord:
William Crouse

John Ehle

James Hull

May 28
At Sea
2 Navy Medals of Honor awarded for heroism after the explosion in the boiler room of the USS Vixen:
Peter Johnson

George Mahoney

June 3
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.
Richmond Hobson
Randolph Clausen
George Charette
Osborn Deignan
Francis Kelly
Daniel Montague
John E. Murphy
George Phillips
June 14
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:

John Fitzgerald
John Quick

June 24
Las Guasimas, Cuba
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
Manzanillo, Cuba
During a brief Naval battle, Frederick Muller earns a Medal of Honor 
June 30
Tayacoba, Cuba
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
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:


Company C

Company D

Company C

Benjamin Hardaway
Charles Roberts

Ulysses Buzzard
George Berg
Oscar Brookin
Thomas Graves
Bruno Wende
Norman Ressler
Warren Shepherd
July 1
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
Andrew Cummings
William Keller
James Nash
Alfred Pollond
John DeSwan
Thomas Doherty
Frank Fournia
Thomas Kelly
George Nee
Hermann Pfisterer

Co A, 13th Infantry

Alexander Quinn

US Volunteers

Albert Mills

Theodore Roosevelt

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
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
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
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:
William Morin
William Spicer
Axel Sundquist
Samuel Triplett

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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