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United Spanish War Veterans 31st National Encampment Paper Note Invitation!

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I have had this note from the 31st National reunion celebration held September 8, 9, 10, 11, 1929 for over 40 years in my collection. It caught my attention with the small print at the end of the invitation on the reverse of the note: THIS IS EXACT SIZE OF CURRENCY TO BE ISSUED JULY 1, 1929!


I thought placing this announcement on this note was very interesting!


The ornate obverse of the note depicts William McKinley, US President at the start of the conflicts.

The note was printed by BRANDFORD-ROBINSON PTG. CO., DENVER.



Does any other years' notes exist?


The following is a history of this group from the Wikipedia encyclopedia.




United Spanish War Veterans

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Soon after the Spanish-American War ended in early 1899, discharged veterans rushed to form fraternal societies. Among these were the Spanish War Veterans, the Spanish-American War Veterans, the Servicemen of the Spanish War, American Veterans of Foreign Service, the Army of the Philippines, the Veteran Army of the Philippines, the Legion of Spanish War Veterans and many other smaller organizations. At the turn of the century, many of these groups began to merge. In 1904, the three largest groups, the Spanish War Veterans, the Spanish American War Veterans and the Servicemen of the Spanish War amalgamated into the United Spanish War Veterans. They would become the largest and most influential of the Spanish-American War societies. In 1906, the Legion of Spanish War Veterans would merge with the United Spanish War Veterans. The Legion existed only in the states of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In 1908 the Veteran Army of the Philippines also merged with the United Spanish War Veterans. The Veteran Army was made up of soldiers and sailors serving in the US Military in the Philippine Islands.

The United Spanish War Veterans consisted of veterans of three distinct wars:

► Spanish-American War. April 1898 to January 1899 The fighting was pretty much over by July 1898, but the Treaty was not signed until January of 1899. ► Philippine Insurrection. February 1899 to July 1902 This was a war against Filipino rebels who resisted the conquest of the Islands by the Americans. Teddy Roosevelt declared the war over on July 4, 1902. A war against Moro tribesmen continued until 1913. ► Chinese Relief Expedition. 1900 to 1901. Commonly called “The Boxer Rebellion,” veterans of this action were lumped together for benefits with the Span-Am and Philippine Insurrection veterans by the Government pension bills. The “Boxer Rebellion” veterans were granted membership into the USWV in the early 1920s.


The United Spanish War Veterans existed until 1992 when the last member, Nathan E. Cook, died at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Cook was exactly a month shy of his 107th birthday. He is almost always characterized, incorrectly, as the last surviving veteran of the Spanish-American War. Nathan was a naval veteran of the Philippine Insurrection of 1899-1902. He lied about his age to join the US Navy in 1901 at the age of sixteen.

References: The Amalgamation (merger) Agreements of the five societies that became the USWV are recreated in the front of every National Encampment Journal from 1904-1989. The journals are titled "Proceedings of the Stated Convention of the ___th National Encampment, United Spanish War Veterans, (Location) (Dates). Eligibility to Membership is included in every copy of "Consitution and Rules and Regulations, USWV". These were issued irregularly, usually when major changes were voted into these statutes at National Encampments.

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