Navajo Code Talkers' Bronze Medallion
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The Navajo Code Talkers' Bronze Medallion
1969

This medallion was presented to Harrison Lapahie, June 28, 1969, on the occasion of the Medallion Commemorative Banquet, during the Fighting Fourth Marine Division 22nd Annual Reunion at Independence Hall, Chicago, Illinois. The reunion took place from June 25-28, 1969. The Franklin Mint in Yeadon, Pennsylvania, designed and struck the medallion in bronze. The medal is one-fourth inch in thickness, and three inches in diameter. To support the heavy medallion, rawhide thongs eighteen inches long and strung with red, white, and blue Indian beads, were made at the Indian Center of the Southern Plains Indians at Anadarko, Oklahoma.



The front of the Navajo Code Talkers Medallion. It depicts Ira Hayes, a U.S. Marine and Pima American Indian, who helped raised the U.S. flag over Mount Suribachi at Iwo Jima during World War II. Ira Hayes is the left most person of the group of U.S. Marines who is stretching upwards trying to get a hold of the U.S.Flag pole.



The back of the Navajo Code Takers Medallion. It depicts the symbol of the Fourth Marine Division.

By Harrison Lapahie Jr.
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