The Bronze medallion is 1 3/8 inches in width. On the obverse is the Coat of Arms of the Cuban Republic with wreath and fasces bearing the Cap of Liberty. Around the circumference are the words “ARMY OF OCCUPATION MILITARY GOVERNMENT OF CUBA” and the dates “1898” and “1902”. The reverse consists of, a spread eagle on a trophy consisting of a cannon, six rifles and four standards, an Indian shield, quiver of arrows and three spears, a Cuban machete and Sulu kris. Below the trophy are the words “FOR SERVICE”. The whole is surrounded by a circle composed of the words “UNITED STATES ARMY” in the upper half and thirteen stars in the lower half.
The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches in width. It is composed of the following vertical stripes: 1/16 inch Ultramarine Blue 67118; 3/8 inch Old Glory Red 67156; 1/16 inch Golden Yellow 67104; 3/8 inch Ultramarine Blue; 1/16 inch Golden Yellow; 3/8 inch Old Glory Red; and 1/16 inch Ultramarine Blue.