A rare Mexican Border medal for Company “M”, 24th Infantry, (Black regiment).
These Mexican Border service medals for the 24th U.S. Infantry (Buffalo Soldiers) are hard to come by. I believe all of the companies that served on the border received these medals. This gilt brass cross has blue enameling and the center section done in red and white enamel has crossed rifles and the unit designation.
The original gold and blue silk ribbon is in very good condition with some slight wear, but most sound. The pin brooch is marked Mexican Border Service 1916.
A Punitive Expedition was formed and commanded by General Pershing, after Mexican bandits under Poncho Villa, attacked New Columbus, New Mexico in 1916. Many federal and state troops participated in this small military precursor to our involvement in WWI. This was the first time that many federal units had served together in regiment sized strength since the days of campaigning against war Indian tribes in the West.
A desirable item in overall fine condition.