Established by SECNAV in March 1901 to be awarded to members of the Navy and Marine Corps to commemorate naval operation in the West Indies and Cuba from April - August 1898 during the war with Spain.
The obverse shows Admiral William T. Sampson with the inscription “US Naval Campaign West Indies 1898”.
The reverse depicts an officer, gunner, and marine on a deck of a battleship. With the inscription below stating “Santiago de Cuba June 6”.
Sampson Medal 1898 Rim hand engraved "John Jos Woods, LDS“
“Casilda” June 20
“Cienfuegos” June 13