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China Campaign Medal


The medal is 1 1/4 inch in diameter with an oxidized, relieved finish.


On the obverse is the Imperial Chinese five-toed dragon with the inscription CHINA RELIEF EXPEDITION around the upper border and the dates 1900 - 1901 at the bottom.


On the reverse is a trophy composed of an eagle perched on a cannon supported by crossed flags, rifles, an Indian shield, spear and quiver of arrows, a Cuban machete, and a Sulu kris. Below the trophy are the words FOR SERVICE. Around the border at the top are the words UNITED STATES ARMY and around the bottom are thirteen stars.


The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches in width and is composed of the following vertical stripes: 1/16 inch Ultramarine Blue, 1 1/4 inch Golden Yellow, and 1/16 inch Ultramarine Blue.

See Army Regulation 600-8-22, Military Awards.


The China Campaign Medal was established by General Order 5 dated January 12, 1905.

The dragon, the Imperial emblem when China was an empire, is symbolic of that country. The color yellow was restricted for use only by the Manchu rulers of China during the Ts'ing dynasty (1644-1911). The color blue is emblematic of the east and of the dragon. The eagle standing on the group of trophies signifies the United States Army.

There are three streamers displayed on the Army flag to represent the China Relief Expedition. The inscriptions are:

  • TIENTSIN 1900
  • YANG-TSUN 1900
  • PEKING 1900

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