A Rare U.S.S. Brooklyn Medal Group to T.Maddock
A Rare U.S.S. Brooklyn Medal Group to Thomas Maddock - Navy West Indies Campaign Medal (bronze, numbered "1453" on the rim, 33 mm, brooch pinback); Navy Philippine Campaign Medal (bronze, numbered "1377" on the rim, 32.8 mm, brooch pinback); Navy China Relief Expedition Medal (bronze, numbered "789" on the rim, 33 mm, brooch pinback); Navy Good Conduct Medal (bronze, engraved "C.S.C. No 14266, THOMAS F. MADDOCK, U.S.S. SOLACE, MAY 11, 1904", 32 mm); West Indies Naval Campaign Medal, AKA Sampson Medal (bronze, impressed "THOMAS F. MADDOCK, C.P." on the rim, 38.2 mm, "U.S.S. BROOKLYN" engagement bar, brooch pinback); U.S.S. Brooklyn at Santiago de Cuba Medal 1898 (bronze, obverse with a three-stack warship at sea, inscribed "U.S.S. Brooklyn, Santiago de Cuba" above and "July 3, 1898" below, reverse with Old Dutch city motto "Een Draght Mackt Maght" (Unity Makes Strength), inscribed "IN COMMEMORATION OF THEIR HEROISM AT THE DESTRUCTION OF THE SPANISH FLEET" inside the wreath and "FROM THE CITIZENS OF BROOKLYN TO THE MEN BEHIND THE GUNS" below, 51 mm, engraved in script "Thos. F. Maddock" on the hanger, pinback); New Jersey Volunteer Spanish American War 1898 Commemorative Medal (two-piece construction, metal with a bronze-coloured gilt, 50.5 mm, pinback); and Farragut Veteran Association, Port of New York Medal (bronze, 34 mm x 52.5 mm, hanger engraved "U.S.S. BROOKLYN.", pinback). Accompanied by copies of his Service Records, Numbered Endorsement Certificates for the West Indies Campaign Medal, the Philippine Campaign Medal, the China Relief Expedition Medal and the Navy Good Conduct Medal), Various Applications and Requests for the West Indies Campaign Medal (which he calls the "Cuban" Medal), Letter to the Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Brooklyn Accompanying Maddock's Master at Arms 3rd Class Award Document (dated March 28, 1901), Correspondence Between Maddock (Boston, MA) and the Navy Department (Washington DC), Letter from the Navy Department Approving the Promotion of Maddock from Master at Arms 2rd Class to 1st Class (dated January 21, 1904), Correspondence Between Maddock and the Navy Department Requesting Six Replacement Medals (which he "held until sometime in 1929"), Letters from the Navy Department Authorizing the Replacement of Four of Maddock's Six Medals, Letter from the Veterans Administration (increasing his Pension Allowance from $7.50 to $8.00 monthly, to begin retroactive to July 1, 1936, letter dated December 14, 1936) and Letter from His Wife to Bureau of Navigation. Footnote: Thomas Francis Maddock enlisted with the United States Navy on May 12, 1897 in New York, New York at the U.S.R.S. Vermont (U.S.R.S. = United States Receiving Ships were used in harbour to house newly recruited sailors before they were assigned to a crew, often converted from old redundant warships, in this case, the ship-of-the-line Vermont of 1848). He soon found himself with the cruiser U.S.S. Brooklyn, serving as a Coal Passer. It left for the West Indies in July 1897, until becoming a flagship of the Flying Squadron under Commodore W.S. Schley on March 28, 1898. During the Spanish-American War, the Flying Squadron arrived at Cienfuegos, Cuba on May 21st and established the blockade of that port. On May 26th, the Squadron arrived at Santiago de Cuba, where the Spanish Fleet was being held behind the protection of the forts. Brooklyn was a key vessel in the Battle of Santiago de Cuba on July 3rd, in which the Spanish Fleet was destroyed. Although she was struck 20 times by whole shot, Brooklyn suffered only one man wounded (Fireman J. Bevins) and one man killed (Chief Yeoman George H. Ellis). Brooklyn returned to Tompkinsville, New York on August 20th and cruised along the Atlantic coast and in Caribbean waters. She participated in the Spanish-American War Victory Celebration at New York on October 5th and in the Dewey Celebration at New York in September 1899. She left Hampton Roads on October 16th and sailed via the Suez Canal to Manila, Philippine Islands, where she arrived on December 16th. She became the flagship of the Asiatic Squadron and participated in the China Relief Expedition (July 8 – October 11, 1900). Maddock received the appropriate medals for serving in the Cuban campaign, the Philippines campaign and the China Relief campaign. He was honorably discharged on May 11, 1900 at Hong Kong, China as a Master at Arms, 3rd Class. He re-enlisted the next day, at Hong Kong on U.S.S. Brooklyn as a Fireman, 2nd Class, later to become a Fireman 1st Class. For the next four years, he was to see service aboard five ships, including U.S.S. Raleigh, Albany, Wisconsin, Iroquois and Solace. He is documented having been hospitalized for twenty-five days at the U.S.S. Naval Hospital at Yokohama, Japan in September 1903. He was honorably discharged on May 11, 1904 at Mare Island, California as a Master at Arms, 1st Class at U.S.S. Solace. He re-enlisted again two months later, on July 11, 1904 at Boston, Massachusetts at U.S.S. Wabash as a Master at Arms 2nd Class. He later served with the U.S.S. Maine, then was transferred to the U.S.S. Franklin and sent to the Naval Hospital at Norfolk, Virginia for injuries received in the line of duty. In October 1907, he was transferred from Norfolk to the U.S. Naval Hospital at Chelsea, Massachusetts (near Boston), where he remained until his final honorable discharge on July 10, 1908 at U.S.R.S. Wabash, as Chief Master of Arms, while still a patient at Chelsea. He stated in his records that he was "physically unable to re-enlist" due to "disability of the loss of the left hand from (a) stab wound in (the) left shoulder" received August 1, 1907 at Phoebus, Virginia. He was pensioned in the amount of $7.50 monthly, Pension Certificate number "40544". His Continuous Service Certificate number "14266" is engraved on the reverse of his Navy Long Service Medal. In a Letter from Maddock, who was residing in Long Beach, California, dated March 9, 1933, to the Chief of the Bureau of Navigation, stamped by the Navy, March 24, 1933, he stated that "On the night of Sept. 22, 1929 while I was working as a night Watchman with the Merchant Patrol Service, I was struck down and received a fractured scull (sic), after leaving Hospital, things were not just clear to me, and I unable to account for the loss of my Medals. There is a report filed with Veterans Bureau in Washington covering this accident signed by Frank E. Schram M.D. from the office of Dr. Schram & Becker, Chicago, Ill." In an additional letter from Maddock, who was residing in Bay Pines, Florida, dated March 21, 1935, to the Chief of the Bureau of Navigation, he requested a reply to his original letter of 1933, as none was received by him, stamped by the Navy, March 28, 1935. The medals presented here are the original medals that were awarded to him, as evidenced by the West Indies Campaign Medal being present, which later was replaced by the Spanish Campaign Medal, making the WICM obsolete. Also, it was made clear by the Navy that the U.S.S. Brooklyn at Santiago de Cuba Medal 1898 was irreplaceable, making this the original medal of isue. It also appears that Maddock was "on the run", as evidenced by a letter from his wife to the Bureau of Navigation, stating "Dear Sir, Thomas Francis Maddock wrote for a duplicate set of medals he lost. I beg you if he sends a change of address from 235 Roycroft Ave., Long Beach, Calif., Please send me the change of address. He cashed his last check of Mar. 4th in Long Beach then left here. He left me here destitute and under the doctors care. Or please forward this to the proper authority, Respectfuly (sic) Mrs. T.F. Maddock, 235 Roycroft Ave., Long Beach, Calif."