U. S. Navy Specially Meritorious Service Medal West Indies Campaign Medal
UNITED STATES SPANISH AMERICAN WAR NAVY SPECIALLY MERITORIOUS SERVICE WEST INDIES CAMPAIGN MEDAL. RIBBON DRAPE TESTED U. The Specially Meritorious Service Medal was a military decoration of the United States Navy which was created by Joint Resolution of Congress No. 18 of 3 March 1901. The medal was intended to recognize acts of non-combat meritorious service accomplished during the SpanishAmerican War. The ribbon to the Specially Meritorious Service Medal, 1898, is dark red and stands for sacrifice. Awarded to any member of the U. Navy, or United States Marines, the Specially Meritorious Service Medal was presented for acts of gallantry or heroism, not involving armed combat with an enemy, while operating in the territorial waters of Cuba in the year 1898. The medal was primarily awarded to those who had rescued sailors both U. And Spanish from burning ships following the Battle of Santiago de Cuba at Santiago, Cuba. By 1935, the Specially Meritorious Service Medal had adopted the status of a commemorative medal; as late as 1942 it still appeared on official US Navy award precedence charts, between the Purple Heart and Presidential Unit Citation. An actual order from the Navy, declaring the decoration obsolete, was never published. Please let me know if there’s anything else I can do for you! The item “U. S. NAVY SPECIALLY MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL WEST INDIES CAMPAIGN MEDAL” is in sale since Tuesday, March 31, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Militaria\1919-38\Original Period Items”. The seller is “medal_mulisha_store” and is located in Los Angeles, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.