Medals of Honor
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Some more Medals of Honor pictures
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Blue Ribbon Medal of Honor. Silver.
Awarded to Honma Ryuzou on Showa 49 [1974] October 23.
Dark Blue Ribbon Medal of Honor award certificate.
Awarded to Hachiuma Kensuke on Showa 17 [1942] September 30.
This medal was given for a 10,000 yen donation to Ikuta Shrine in December 1941.
Hachiuma Kensuke was the head of the Hachiuma
zaibatsu in Kobe, which
established a number of banks, financial institutions, a railroad, and Hachiuma
Steamships Co., Ltd.
Dark Blue Ribbon Medal of Honor award certificate.
Awarded to Hachiuma Kensuke on Showa 11 [1936] January 21.
This medal was given for a 10,000 yen donation to help free medical treatments
for the poor in Nishinomiya City. The donation was in January 1931.
Dark Blue Ribbon Medal of Honor award certificate.
Awarded to Hachiuma Kensuke on Showa 11 [1936] May 15.
This medal was given for a 10,000 yen donation to the Citizen's Hospital of Hyogo
Prefecture. The donation was in July 1930.
Dark Blue Ribbon Medal of Honor award certificate.
Awarded to Hachiuma Kensuke on Showa 19 [1944] February 24.
This medal was given for a 10,000 yen donation to the Japan Red Cross Hyogo
Branch. The donation was in March 1941.
Extra dated bar for a Medal of Honor (ribbon color unknown).
Dated Showa 16 [1941] December 1.
Original case
Light Blue Ribbon Medal of Honor pure silver medal.
Dated Showa 57 [1982] April 29. The recipient's name is engraved
on the reverse: Goto Toshio.
Pure silver Light Blue Ribbon Medal of Honor. Dated Showa 49 [1974] September 28 on the bar, and the recipient's name is Kuwahara Susumu.
Dated Showa 45 [1970] April 1 on the bar, and the recipient's name is Yokota Yoshiaki.
Both cases dated 1975. The left was for a Dark Blue Ribbon Medal; the right for a Light Blue Ribbon.
Pure silver Light Blue Ribbon Medal of Honor. Dated Showa 50 [1975] April 9 on the bar, and the
recipient's name is Itoh Masaru.

Luckily, I have the rolls for that year and can positively ID this gentleman, even with a personal photo. This
kind of identification is rather difficult since the medal rolls were published so haphazardly, by different
publishers and often divided by areas of the country. (I hope he wouldn't mind me posting this online...)

Mr. Itoh received this medal for his long service in the paper and stationery industry. The roll entry of his
shows his various titles over the years, and it seems that he was an important person in the industry.

He was born in Meiji 43 [1910] in Aichi Prefecture, but he spent most of his life in Nagoya. His motto was
'Work hard, play hard' and his hobby was driving. He said he owed his health to sleeping early and waking
up early. I am not sure when he passed away (or if he has yet).
Rare triple-bar Dark Blue Ribbon Medal of Honor.

The dates are
Showa 34 [1959] July 22
Showa 38 [1963] August 31
Showa 40 [1965] March 27
Light Blue Ribbon Medal of Honor and the accompanying award document. Given to
Yottsuya Shirou.

The inscription shows that he received the medal as a public mediator enforcing
disputes between tenants and landlords on both houses and leased land. The
document states that Mr. Yottsya had a great number of cases that ended in
compromises acceptable to all parties, thus his eligibility for this medal of public
service.

Dated Showa 26 [1946] October 1.

The document is from the immediate post-war period and is of low quality. It seems to
have a general discoloring as well.
Early example.
Dated Meiji 32 [1899]
Yellow Ribbon Medal of Honor.
Awarded to Iwai Akira. The dated bar reads 'Heisei 15 [2003] April 29.'

For those interested, 'XL' is stamped on the reverse bar.
Extra dated bar for the Dark Blue Ribbon Medal of Honor.
This bar is dated Showa 39 [1964] December 26.

Original case of issue.
Yellow Ribbon Medal of Honor with the
award document.
Awarded to a person named
Takatsuki Takeshi. The award
document records that Mr. Taatsuki
was given this medal for his long
years of work as a lawyer defending
the rights of workers.

The document and medal are dated
Heisei 9 [1997] April 29.
RL stamp on reverse bar
Very scarce Green Ribbon Medal of Honor from the Meiji era. Years may
pass before you can see this color of medal of honor from this era appear
on the market.

Dated Meiji 45 [1912] April 10. Awarded to a man named Horiuchi
Tamezaemon (1844-1933). This gentlemen was from Wakayama
Prefecture and was involved with sake and soy sauce production before
getting into the orange trade in Meiji 2 [1869]. He succeeded in importing
navel oranges as well as getting seedlings from Washington, D.C. He also
aided in rice cultivation and road improvement in his local area, so he was
awarded this medal.

For his diligence in improving the lives of common people (by making
nutritious oranges available to people) and his help in instructing farmers
how to grow crops, he received this medal.

If you can read Japanese, his achievements can be located on a number of
historical websites.
Search for his name 堀内為左衛門.

In addition, his name is recorded in my 1941 History of the Medals of Honor.

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