Marine artist honors COVID-19 heroes with medallions

Julia LeDoux
July 28, 2020 - 9:22 am

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Former Marine and artist Joe Winslow is using his talents to produce commemorative medallions that recognize the contributions medical professionals and others have made during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Winslow’s Tripoli Gift Company produces the medallions in partnership with seven other businesses across the country. Around 75 people are employed in the effort.   

“I believe the fastest way out of this pandemic and our economic challenges is to make sure people have jobs, that they have work,” he said. “That’s one of the problems I wanted to tackle when producing this medallion.” 

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 After a stint in the Corps, Winslow was called back into service in 2003 as a combat historian and artifact officer in Fallujah during Operation Phantom Fury. He collected battle artifacts and stories for the Marine Corps Museum.

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“Under enemy fire in Iraq I realized the awards that I and others put on our valor walls are in no small way reminders of the heroism of our Marines and fellow servicemen and women,” he said.  "I thought, I want to use my arts background to craft something special for those who served, something that matters to the heroes in the community I’m so proud to be a part of. That’s how Tripoli Gift Company started.” 

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Winslow said he launched this line because it’s important to “let all the people and heroes at the front-line know that they make a huge difference, that we support their selfless work. These medallions are a way to show them we care.”

Five percent of Tripoli’s profits will be donated to combat-related military charities, according to Winslow. 

While in the Marines, he was responsible for preparing numerous awards in his role as an awards officer and chief of staff for administration. As a civilian businessman, Winslow built his portfolio as an exhibit and display craftsman, supplying military clients and the government, including the White House and other large government agencies.

“We create lasting memories, pieces of art, and recognition gifts which form a small part of a family’s proud service history,” he said.

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