20th Kansas Medal
By Andrew Lipps

The soldiers and sailors of the Spanish American War returned to a hero's welcome in their home states, and many of the states and cities struck medals to present to the local boys.

One such medal was struck by the state of Kansas and presented to her veterans through the Department of Kansas GAR (The Grand Army of the Republic was a nationwide organization of Civil War Union veterans with wide social and political influence).  This two piece bronze medal has an 8th Corps badge within a Kansas sunflower, and battle names on the arms of the cross. The reverse notes that the medal was given by the People of the State of Kansas through the Kansas GAR in 1900. The example shown here is engraved on the reverse to "Q.M Sergt. Harold B. Reed, Co. K.".  The 20th served in many engagements in the Philippine Islands. For more information on this unit, click here.

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