Surgeon's Spanish & Philippine pair, rim engraved, USS Petrel

G 2.) Spanish Campaign Medal # 192 and Philippine Campaign Medal # 282, both rim engraved to Past Assistant Surgeon Carl D. Brownell, USS Petrel. The Spanish has been recently re-ribboned with second pattern ribbon. The Philippine has the original first pattern ribbon. Both planchets have darkened with age, more so on the Philippine. They are in otherwise very good condition. Brownell was obviously issued a Dewey Medal in addition to these two campaign medals. Current location of Dewey Medal is unknown. Originally purchased in 2003 from Andrew Lipps.

Research includes the following photocopied documents; Obituary from the Association of Military Surgeons, with photo of Brownell in uniform, wearing his Dewey Medal. Letter from 1908 requesting issue of both campaign medals. Transmittal letters from January 1909 for both medals, verifying rim numbers. Outline of service records from 1891 to 1914. Photo of headstone. Several reports on the operations of the USS Petrel during the Battle of Manila Bay.

Obituary from “The Military Surgeon”, March 1915:

Surgeon Carl DeWolf Brownell, Lieutenant Commander, U. S. Navy, an active member of the Association, died at his home in Providence, R. I., January 8, 1915, aged 48.

Surgeon Brownell was born at Bristol, R. I., July 6, 1866, the son of Charles DeWolf and Henrietta Knowlton Angell Brownell. His preliminary education was received in the schools and in the high school of Bristol and his medical course was taken at the University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt., and the University of the City of New York. He was graduated from the latter institution in 1888 and afterward served a term as interne in the Jersey City Hospital. He was also a Fellow of the American Medical Association.

He entered the Navy as an Assistant Surgeon April 6, 1891, and four years later was promoted to Passed Assistant Surgeon. From May 1898 to January 1900, he served in the Philippine Islands as medical officer of the U. S. S. Petrel. He was promoted to Surgeon March 3, 1903, and served in that capacity on board the U. S. S. Alliance until November 27, 1903; at the Naval Station, Guantanamo, Cuba, until December 20, 1904; on board the U. S. S. Iowa until October 25, 1905; at the Navy Recruiting Station, Providence, R. I., until July 14, 1906; at the Naval Training Station, Newport, R. I., and on board the U. S. S. Constellation until January 29, 1908; on board the U. S. S. Mississippi, New Jersey and North Dakota until October 25. 1910; at the Naval Hospital at Las Animas, Colo., until May 30, 1911; at the Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, N. H., and as senior medical officer and in command of that hospital until February 8, 1913, when he was placed on waiting orders. On January 20, 1914, he was transferred to the retired list on account of physical disability resulting from an incident of the service, after ten years and four months total sea service, ten years and seven months of shore or other duty and one year and nine months unemployed. After his retirement Surgeon Brownell returned to his old home in Providence, R. I., where he remained until his death.


The Philippine Campaign Medal is similarly engraved. Contact me if you would like photos.





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