PRTODAY / NewswireToday Free press release distribution service network

Written by / Agency / Source: Lost + Found

Check Ads Availability|e-mail Article


Are you the owner of this article?, Turn it PREMIUM with your LOGO instead - and make it 3rd party Ads-Free! within the next hour!

USMC Challenge Coin Provides Info About the History of the Challenge Coin - As the legend goes, one such Ivy Leaguer, a wealthy lieutenant, ordered small, solid-bronze medallions (or coins) struck, which he then presented to the other pilots in his squadron as mementos of their service together
USMC Challenge Coin Provides Info About the History of the Challenge Coin

 

NewswireToday - /newswire/ - Kolkata, West Bengal, India, 2006/01/19 - As the legend goes, one such Ivy Leaguer, a wealthy lieutenant, ordered small, solid-bronze medallions (or coins) struck, which he then presented to the other pilots in his squadron as mementos of their service together.

   
 
Your Banner Ad Here instead - Showing along with ALL Articles covering Collectibles/Antiques Announcements

Replace these Affiliate Programs at ANYTIME! Your banner here within the next hour. Learn How!


 

Air warfare was a new phenomenon during World War I, when the army created flying squadrons and manned them with volunteer pilots from every walk of civilian life.

As the legend goes, one Ivy Leaguer, a wealthy lieutenant, ordered small, solid-bronze medallions (or coins) struck, which he then presented to the other pilots in his squadron as mementos of their service together. The coin was gold-plated, bore the squadron's insignia, and was quite valuable. One of the pilots in the squadron, who had never owned anything like the coin, placed it in a leather pouch he wore around his neck for safekeeping.

A short while later, this pilot's aircraft was heavily damaged by ground fire (other sources claim it was an aerial dog fight), forcing him to land behind enemy lines and allowing him to be captured by the Germans. The Germans confiscated the personal belongings from his pockets, but they didn't catch the leather pouch around his neck. On his way to a permanent prisoner of war facility, he was held overnight in a small German-held French village near the front. During the night, the town was bombarded by the British, creating enough confusion to allow the pilot to escape.

The pilot avoided German patrols by donning civilian attire, but all of his identification had been confiscated so he had no way to prove his identity. With great difficulty, he sneaked across no-man's land and made contact with a French patrol. Unfortunately for him, the French had been on the lookout for German saboteurs dressed as civilians. The French mistook the American pilot for a German saboteur and immediately prepared to execute him. Desperate to prove his allegiance and without any identification, the pilot pulled out the coin from his leather pouch and showed it to his French captors. One of the Frenchmen recognized the unit insignia on the coin and delayed the execution long enough to confirm the pilot's identity.

Once the pilot safely returned to his squadron, it became a tradition for all members to carry their coin at all times. To ensure compliance, the pilots would challenge each other to produce the coin. If the challenged couldn't produce the coin, he was required to buy a drink of choice for the challenger; if the challenged could produce the coin, the challenger would purchase the drink.

This tradition spread to other flying squadrons and, eventually, to other military units in all branches of service and even to non military organizations. Today, challenge coins are given to members upon joining an organization, as an award to improve morale, and sold to commemorate special occasions or as fundraisers.

 
 
Your Banner Ad Here instead - Showing along with ALL Articles covering Collectibles/Antiques Announcements

Replace these Affiliate Programs at ANYTIME! Your banner here within the next hour. Learn How!


 

Written by / Agency / Source: Lost + Found

 
 

Availability: All Regions (Including Int'l)

 

Traffic Booster: [/] Quick Newswire Today Visibility Checker

 

Distribution / Indexing: [+]

 
 
# # #
 
 
  Your Banner Ad showing on ALL
Collectibles/Antiques articles,
CATCH Visitors via Your Competitors Announcements!


USMC Challenge Coin Provides Info About the History of the Challenge Coin

Company website links NOT available to basic submissions
It is OK to republish and/or LINK any newswire for any legitimate media purpose as long as you name Newswire Today and LINK as the source.
 
  Is this your article?
Activate ALL web links and social stream by Upgrading to Press Release PREMIUM Plan Now!

|
Publisher Contact: Syman 
info[.]1coincollecting.com
 
Newswire Today - PRZOOM / PRTODAY disclaims any content contained in this article. If you need/wish to contact the company who published the current release, you will need to contact them - NOT us. Issuers of articles are solely responsible for the accuracy of their content. Our complete disclaimer appears here.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Issuance, publication or distribution of this press release in certain jurisdictions could be subject to restrictions. The recipient of this press release is responsible for using this press release and the information herein in accordance with the applicable rules and regulations in the particular jurisdiction. This press release does not constitute an offer or an offering to acquire or subscribe for any Lost + Found securities in any jurisdiction including any other companies listed or named in this release.

Collectibles/Antiques via RSSAdd NewswireToday - PRZOOM Headline News to FeedBurner
Find who RetweetFollow @NewswireTODAY



Are you the owner of this article?, Turn it PREMIUM with your LOGO instead - and make it 3rd party Ads-Free! within the next hour!


Read Latest Articles From Lost + Found / Company Profile


Read Collectibles/Antiques Most Recent Related Newswires:

Global Monetary Reserve Adds 100 Numismatic and Bullion Coin Videos
Regal Sarcophagus Will Hold Court in Ancient Resource’s March 8 Fine Ancient Artifacts Auction
Personal Property Appraisers to Gather in Philly March 20-23 for ISA Annual Conference
Beretta Presents The SO6EELL Izumi Project - The 1st Premium Over-and-Under Engraved by Katana Sensei
The Collection of the Real 'Indiana Jones' Will be Sold at Auction January 17
Who's Who of Design Luminaries Star in Palm Beach Modern's November 22 Auction
Antiquorum and Mishal Kanoo Host Two-day Exhibition of Modern and Vintage Timepieces in Dubai
Clayton Moore's Iconic Lone Ranger Outfit Stars in Big July 12 Western Auction in Texas
Grey Flannel’s 2014 Summer Games Auction Features Professional and College Sports Memorabilia
Botero ‘Ballerina’ Bronze, 2 Original Picassos Lead Beaux Auctions’ May 27 Fine Art & Antiques Sale
Artemis Gallery LIVE’s Spring Variety Sale Features Ancient and Ethnographic Art
Artemis Gallery’s March 14 Auction Takes Bidders Around the World of Antiquities and Cultural Art
Artemis Gallery LIVE to Auction Ancient, Pre-Columbian and Ethnographic Art on January 24
Icon Heroes Exhibits Star Trek and Masters of the Universe® at Toy Fair 2014 in New York City
Miami Antiques Extravaganza Debuts with 400 Vendors January 24-26, 2014

Boost Your Social Network
& Crowdfunding Campaigns


LIFETIME SOCIAL MEDIA WALL
NewswireToday Celebrates 10 Years in Business


PREMIUM Members


Visit  Triggr & Bloom

Visit  La Bella Bakery Artisan Bakery Arizona





 
  ©2016 Newswire Today — Limelon Advertising, Co.
Home | About | Advertise/Pricing | Contact | Investors | Privacy/TOS | Sitemap | FRANCAIS
newswire, PR free press releases distribution service magazines engine news alert newsroom press room breaking news public relations articles company news alerts newswiredistribution ezine bizentrepreneur biznewstoday digital business report market search pr firms agencies reports distri-bution today investor relation successful internet entrepreneurs newswire distribution prtoday.com freenewswiredistribution asianewstoday bizwiretoday USA pr UK today - NOT affiliated with PRNewswire as we declined their partnership offer in 2013
 
PRTODAY & NewswireTODAY are NOT affiliated with USA TODAY (usatoday.com)