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Reasons for Cuban Combat Veteran ‘not’ receiving the SCM or SWSM ?


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Hello Guys, As I continue going through all my assorted Medal Groups from over the years, eventually I happen across one that I never truly figured out, for lack of a better term. This particular one is a nice assortment of Original Documents, Veterans Assn Medals & so on, but I could never determine why this man didn’t receive either the Army Spanish Campaign Medal, or the SWSM, even though he’s documented as participating in the Battle of El Caney, Cuba while serving with Company C, 2nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, MVM. ( Worcester Light Infantry ) He can’t be found in either PP Pub. which has me wondering why ? His name was Edward John Martin, of Worcester, Massachusetts. He was very heavily involved with the local Veterans Organizations, & served as Chief Armorer of MSG, Worcester Armory from 1909 - 1943 !! If anyone has an opinion on this matter, I would deeply appreciate hearing from them. THANK YOU !!

 

     Best,    Dom P.

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He most likely purchased an Mno. Medal from the mint when it was available to veterans who no longer had a military affiliation - There is no rolls for Mno. Medals but if you write the Archives in Washington DC they might find his letter request. Dom as a long time collector I would have thought you knew about Mno. Medals.

 

Bill

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His MSG affiliation most likely did not entitle him to the same recognition and awards that the National Guard received since they report only to the Governor of Massachusetts only.

 

Bill

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THANK YOU Bill, very much appreciated !! Now that you mentioned that fact, ‘I think’ I recall observing an SCM or some other ‘Service / Campaign’ type Medal within his Box ? I don’t want to say for certain yet, but I will pull his Box & perform a brief inventory. It has to have been at least 20 years since I even opened up the Box, & although I remember it was a decent assortment of items, I honestly can’t say for sure exactly what’s in there ? Some day, hopefully soon I need to transfer all my Group inventories into Computer / digital format, therefore allowing me instant access to confirm any particular point of interest I’m seeking. I’ll take a look inside his Box & post my findings soon.

 

       Best,   Dom

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Well, Based upon your kind Reply here, I went & literally dug out Pvt. Edward J. Martin’s Box. I have to say, I had totally forgotten how extensive his Group actually was !! From my cursory overview of the contents, he appears to have been very active within the various SAW Veterans circles, along with the 2nd MVM  Veterans also. And yes, sure enough there is indeed a SCM, M. No. variant of course. Without a glass I had trouble making out the #, but it appears to be something like M.No. 6291, or some very similar number. Usually whenever I document a particular Group, after creating an Ancestry Tree for the individual, I then inventory the Groups’s contents & list them, along with other related information on the Tree, therefore it’s all quickly available without going to dig out the actual Group, & or the corresponding Notebook[s]. In this case however, I was still working & was running a Post that was literally nuts !! We were getting ordered over a few times a week, so this Group never got the full treatment so to speak. Some day, once I create a photo platform I will Post the whole Group here to view. Thanks again Bill !

   
    Best,  Dom

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