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US SAMPSON 1898 WEST INDIES NAVAL CAMPAIGN MEDAL SANTIAGO CUBA. 4mm x 38mm weighs 34.08g. Bronze, good original patina, minor blemishes.
The Sampson Medal was a U.S. Navy campaign medal. The medal was authorized by an Act of Congress in 1901. The medal was awarded to those personnel who served on ships in the fleet of Rear Admiral William T. Sampson during combat operations in the waters of the West Indies and Cuba. The Sampson Medal was also known as the West Indies Naval Campaign Medal,not to be confused with the West Indies Campaign Medal which was a separate award. A similar commemorative decoration was the Dewey Medal, considered senior to the Sampson Medal.
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