A bronze medal, 1 1/4 inch in diameter, with an oxidized, relieved finish.
A palm tree bearing coconuts with a lamp in dexter and a scale in sinister. Around the border at the top is the inscription PHILIPPINE INSURRECTION and the date 1899 in base.
On the reverse is a trophy composed of an eagle perched on a cannon supported by crossed flags, rifles, an Indian shield, spear, quiver of arrows, a Cuban machete, and a Sulu Kris. Below the trophy are the words ''FOR SERVICE''. Around the border are the words ''UNITED STATES ARMY'' in the upper half and thirteen stars in the lower half.