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Spanish-American War
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Period:

(War)  April 22, 1898 - February 6, 1899
(Hostilities)  May 1, 1898 - August 13, 1898

Named Campaigns:

Santiago 22 June - 11 July 1898
Puerto Rico 25 July - 13 August 1898
Manila 31 July - 13 August 1898

US Statistics:*

Total Servicemembers (Worldwide) 306,760
Battle Deaths 385
Other Deaths In Service 2,061
Non-mortal Woundings 1,662
Nathan E. Cook died on September 10, 1992 at the age of 106.  He is believed to be the last surviving Spanish American War Veteran

*(Statistics as reported by the Department of Veterans Affairs in October 2000.  Many accounts place the number of "Other Deaths In Service" much higher, perhaps in excess of 5,000 veterans who died from illnesses directly attributable to their service in Cuba and/or Puerto Rico.)

 Authorized Awards:

Numerous unique awards were presented to veterans of service in the Spanish-American War, including the DEWEY MEDAL and the ROUGH RIDER MEDAL.  The primary awards authorized by the US Congress are:

Spanish Campaign Medal

Awarded to officers and enlisted personnel who served ashore on the island of Cuba (11 May - 17 July), in the island of Puerto Rico (24 July - 13 August), in the Philippine Islands (30 June - 16 August); or en route thereto on the high seas, during 1898.

Philippine Congressional Medal

Awarded for qualifying service between April 21, 1898 and July 4, 1902, and was created to recognized those volunteers who enlisted to serve in the Spanish American War and remained on active duty to serve ashore during the Philippine Insurrection (Feb 4, 1899 - Jul 4, 1902).

 

 

 

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