The Bronze medallion is 1 1/4 inches in diameter. It is oxidized, relieved and has a matte finish.
Centered is a castle with two small round towers at its corners. At top around the outside of the medal is the inscription “ARMY OF OCCUPATION OF PUERTO RICO”. The date “1898” appears at the bottom. To the left of the date is a branch of tobacco plant, and to the right is a stalk of sugar cane.
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.