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U.S. soldiers to receive bronze stars produced at Northwest Territorial Mint in Dayton, Nev.

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Northwest Territorial Mint, located in Dayton, Nev., recently won a bid to produce approximately 34,000 Bronze Star medals for the Defense Logistics Agency, which is a part of the Department of Defense. Additionally, 45,000 medals will be produced in early 2012.

Established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944, the Bronze Star is awarded by the United States military to soldiers who distinguish themselves by heroic or meritorious achievement or service while engaged in combat.

“Northwest Territorial Mint is pleased to produce the Bronze Star, as well as, other medals that are awarded to heroes serving our country in all military branches and commands throughout the world,” said Ross Hansen, founder, Northwest Territorial Mint.

The artwork for the Bronze Star medal was created to the specifications of the Institute of Heraldry, which is responsible for the designs.

“Northwest Territorial Mint team created Bronze Star dies to meet all Defense Logistics Agency standards,” said Gene Frink, military contract manager, Northwest Territorial Mint. “As a result we created an award that we are extremely proud of and which recipients deserve.”

The minting process to create the Bronze Star requires 15 detailed steps.

Notable Bronze Star Medal recipients include (http://bronzemedal.com/bronze-star-medal-recipients/):

• Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller was one of the most decorated U.S. Marines in history. He was recognized for his actions at Guadalcanal during WWII.

• Major General Charles “Chuck” Yeager was the first pilot to fly faster than the speed of sound. He helped a severely injured airman escape across the Pyrenees.

• General of the Army Douglas McArthur was one of WWII’s most highly decorated soldiers. He was recognized for his actions in the Admiralty Islands Campaign.

• Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney was recognized for repeatedly flying into combat zones during WWII to entertain the troops.

• Captain John McCain was recognized for missions flown over North Vietnam. He is the senior U.S. senator from Arizona.

About Northwest Territorial Mint:

Since 1984, Northwest Territorial Mint has specialized in designing and creating custom coins, medallions, and related items of the highest craftsmanship for individuals and institutions worldwide. Its coins have been handed out by the Commander in Chief, the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many other high-ranking military officers and elected officials. Its commemorative coins are available at Navy, Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard exchanges. In addition to its corporate offices and 120,000 square-foot minting facility located in Dayton, Nevada, the company maintains a nationwide network of resources, including a military minting facility in Tomball, Texas; a die-cutting facility in Green Bay, Wisconsin; a shipping facility in Auburn, Washington; a bullion sales office and showroom in Federal Way, Washington; a military sales office in Springfield, Virginia; and a retail store in The Pentagon. For more information about Northwest Territorial Mint’s custom minting capabilities and to see samples of its work, visit www.nwtmint.com. To contact a member of the company’s sales team, call toll-free 1-800-843-9854 (7:00 AM – 5:00 PM., Pacific Time).

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