Army of Puerto Rican Occupation Medal
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|Army of Puerto Rican Occupation Medal|
|Awarded by United States War Department|
|Awarded for||Service members who performed military occupation duty in Puerto Rico after the close of the Spanish-American War|
|Established||4 February 1919|
|First awarded||14 August 1898|
|Last awarded||10 December 1898|
|Next (higher)||Army of Cuban Occupation Medal|
|Next (lower)||Philippine Campaign Medal|
Service ribbon of the medal
The medal recognized those service members who had performed military occupation duty in Puerto Rico after the close of the Spanish-American War. For those service members who performed duty both during and subsequent to the Spanish-American War, the Spanish Campaign Medal was also authorized.
The qualifying dates for the Army of Puerto Rican Occupation Medal were from August 14 through December 10, 1898. The United States Navy and Marine Corps had no equivalent to the Army of Puerto Rican Occupation Medal.
The Army of Puerto Rican Occupation Medal was commemorative by nature although was approved for wear on active military uniforms. A similar decoration, the Army of Cuban Occupation Medal was created for occupation service in Cuba following the Spanish-American War.
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