Here we have a fine pre-World War I U.S. 1898-1902 Cuba Occupation that is in excellent condition. The planchet is constructed of bronze and features the Cuban Coat of Arms in the center surrounded by the inscription “ARMY OF OCCUPATION MILITARY GOVERNMENT OF CUBA”. The dates 1898 and 1902 are on either side of the Phrygian cap at the top of the coat of arms. The reverse depicts a spread winged eagle perched upon a trophy of a cannon, rifles, war flags, an Indian shield, quiver of arrows and three spears, a Cuban machete and Sulu kris. Below the trophy are the words FOR SERVICE. Above the eagle are the words arched around the edge UNITED STATES ARMY. In the lower half at the edge are thirteen five-pointed stars. Incised into the lower edge is the number, “M. NO 4069”. The planchet is suspended from a ribbon blue, red and yellow ribbon that is strong, solid and with excellent color. There is on small, insignificant wear spot in the lower fold on the obverse side. The ribbon is mounted on a full wrap bronze broach with functional pin and is in excellent and original condition.
The Army of Cuban Occupation Medal was created by the United States War Department in June 1915. The medal recognizes garrison occupation duty in the United States Protectorate over Cuba, following the close of the Spanish–American War. It was established by War Department General Order 40, in June 1915. To be eligible for awarded, a service member must have served within the geographical borders of Cuba between the dates of 18 July 1898 and 20 May 1902. The medal was primarily awarded to members of the United States Army but was available to other branches of service under certain circumstances.