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Ralston Purina Hero Medal

Well the Iola coin show last month was a good one. As a medal collector prowling the aisles however as with most coin shows I did not find a lot but what I did find is worth mentioning here. My only medal purchase at the show was this Ralston Purina Hero medal. The obverse has a woman bestowing a wreath on a kneeling man. The reverse is named to a “Jimmy Easton” and dated July 4, 1921. I have never heard of this medal so I contacted the Ralston Purina company via e-mail asking about it and still await a reply. Checking “Google”, my favorite internet search engine, I found two mentions of the medal being awarded in 1915 to children for life saving. This makes sense since the company was big in children’s breakfast foods at the time. Next I Googled the name Jimmy Easton and found that he was a big name professional soccer play in 1921. His obituary has no mention of his being awarded this medal so I still can not confirm that the name on the medal was also the famous soccer player. Therefore the search continues. Not all of the interesting medals are military.

About Fred Borgmann

Retired from KP after nearly 31 years as new issues editor and the Standard Catalogs.
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3 Responses to Ralston Purina Hero Medal

  1. Travis says:

    I have one of these, too.
    Awarded to Robert Shurte, Jan 26, 1927.

    Please let me know if you hear anything back.


  2. Jimmy Easton says:

    im not sure if anyone would ever see this being posted on such an old blog, but i hope thye do. i myself of course share this name as does my father and grandfather. Due to the current economic situation we are all living together and i would love to be able to mount and frame this to have a 4th in the house. would it be at all possible to get my hands on this?

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