is not just an actor,
Maureen O'Hara spoke from the heart when she said, "It is my great honor to be here. I beg you to strike a medal for Duke, to order the President to strike it. And I feel that the medal should say just one thing,"John Wayne, American"
There were many testimonials given in Washington that day, asking Congress for the medal. Among those attending the proceedings were Elizabeth Taylor, the president of the Screen Actors Guild and General Albert Coady Wedemeyer, one of America’s most distinguished soldiers. Congress approved the bill and President Jimmy Carter signed it. Production of the gold coin by the U.S. Mint started in May, 1979. The medal was presented to John Wayne's family at the Capitol on March 6, 1980.
not to be Forgotten
Wayne's medal has his portrait on one side with the words:
There has been so much interest in the John Wayne commemorative coin. When we joined the "Birth Place of John Wayne", they sent us a very nice folder with a certificate of membership, 8x10 photo of John Wayne as well as the "Congressional Medal of Honor" coin. The money goes to maintain the building.
coin is personal photo of James
Wayne - Patriot