Spanish War Group of 5 attributed to Corporal J.D. Howell, 33rd Regiment Infantry V.




Spanish War Group of 5 attributed to Corporal J.D. Howell, 33rd Regiment Infantry V.


Spanish War Service Medal (18072) with split brooch

Phillipine Campaign medal Army issue (No.22690) with full wrap brooch.

Mexican Border Service medal (34522)with full wrap brooch on frayed ribbon.

Auxiliary US War Veterans Badge, bronze, with pin-backed brooch;


Muskogee Medal – bronze dated 1936, reverse marked Runner up with crimp brooch on frayed ribbon, together with a United Spanish war Veterans lapel badge, bronze.


Jeff D.Howell, was born in Floyd County, Kentucky.

A farmer by occupation, he enlisted in the 33rd Regiment of Infantry Volunteers on 8 August 1899. In the Philipines Campaign he served at the battle of San Jacinto, 11 Novemebr 1899.

Honourably discharged on 17th April 1901.

Further service followed and he was appointed a Corporal, certificate of Proficiancy as a Cook, with the Coast Artilliary Corps.

Married March 9 1926, typed military service record – poem attributed to Howell,

Additional biodraphical details of Col. Luther Rector Hare, Commander 33rd United Volunteer Infantry in the Phillipines, other papers(2) related copied photographs(3) and copied research notes.

The Philippine Campaign medal 22690 was awarded to Jeff D. /Howells, there are no records relating to the other 2 numbered medals.

THIRTY-THIRD INFANTRY. The Thirty-third Infantry regiment of United States Volunteers, known as the “Texas Regiment” because of the popular belief that it was composed of ex-cowboys, was one of the most famous American combat units to serve in the Philippine Insurrection of 1898–1902. It was raised under the provisions of the Army Act of March 3, 1899, specifically for duty in the Philippines, and served in the archipelago from October 27, 1899, to March 2, 1901. The Thirty-third was commanded by Col. Luther Rector Hare, a tough regular army major who had commanded the First Texas Cavalry in 1898. Company officers were selected from a mixture of regulars, state militia, and veteran volunteers of the Spanish-American War. A third of the Thirty-third’s officers came from Texas and another third from the Southwest and South, a geographic pattern that was followed by the enlisted men. The Thirty-third was organized in July and August at Fort Sam Houston and Camp Capron, near San Antonio, where the men were trained in marksmanship, skirmishing, and forced marching. In November and December 1899 the Thirty-third distinguished itself in the battles of Magnatarem, Tirad Pass, Vigan, and Taguidin Pass. From late December 1899 to February 1901, the regiment served as a counterinsurgency constabulary in the First District, Department of Northern Luzon, under the command of Gen. Samuel B. M. Young. The Thirty-third was dispersed into small garrisons throughout Abra and Ilocos Sur, and many officers assumed civil functions in these two provinces. These garrisons served as local strongholds from which American forces could control the countryside by hunting down guerrillas and cutting them off from the native populace. The regiment also organized a mobile mounted force, known as the “mosquito fleet,” which served as an emergency reserve and raiding force. The regiment’s garrison service was a major factor in restoring order to Abra and Ilocos Sur and preparing these provinces for American colonial government. Several of the men chose to remain in the Philippines to serve with the Philippine Constabulary, as native scouts, or as members of the colonial civil service. The rest of the regiment was withdrawn from northwestern Luzon in February and March and mustered out of United States service in San Francisco on April 17, 1901.