Original U.S. Spanish American War 17th Infantry Regiment NCO M1902 Visor Cap

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Original item: Only One Available. Spanish American War 17th Infantry Regiment peaked visor hat in dark Navy Blue. Size is approximately 6 3/4 (54 cm). Missing sweatband and has some crazing to the visor but otherwise in very good condition. Features a quality bullion embroidered A over 17 and pin back crossed rifles badge.

The sinking of the USS Maine (ACR-1) in Havana, Cuba once again led the US into war, this time against Spain on April 21, 1898. The 17th Infantry Regiment again found itself in combat. The five bastioned fort on the regimental crest represents the regiment's service with the V Corps in Cuba. For three months, American Soldiers fought in the jungles, and the Soldiers of the 17th Infantry distinguished themselves. On July 1, 1898 at El Caney, Cuba: PVT George Berg, PVT Oscar Brookin, CPL Ulysses Buzzard, PVT Thomas J. Graves, 1LT Benjamin Hardaway, CPL Norman Ressler, 2LT Charles DuVal Roberts, CPL Warren Shepherd and PVT Bruno Wende earned this nation's highest military award for valor, the Medal of Honor, all of these Soldiers were proud members of the 17th Infantry Regiment.

The Spanish–American War left Spain's military devastated and this proved a critical point for the Philippine Islands as they grasped the opportunity to gain freedom. Their alliance with the U.S. was short lived and in 1899 combat ensued in Manila. A sea lion was taken from the Spanish Arms of Manila and is depicted on the regimental coat of arms. The 17th Infantry Regiment fought valiantly and tenaciously, continually displaying heroism and courage.
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