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Posted: 6/4/2012 5:28:07 PM
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Never had such a thing in my day. We just did the job and then went home when our hitch was up. I guess kids today need bright and shiney things to help them remember things we have tried to forget.


"I'm an older vet and I feel the need to lord my experiences over everyone, and belittle the efforts of the men who took our place."

Your attitude is everything that's wrong with senior military members. Challenge coins are incredibly lame to show off, yes (Take the hint OP), but having a collection at your house? Why not? I have a challenge coin the local police department made in memory of my father. Does that make me a bad person for displaying the coin in my home?
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Posted: 6/4/2012 5:42:40 PM
I received my first coin as a young PFC in 11th Special Forces Group in 1980 (I was in the Reserves back then). At the time it was pretty much Special Forces units that had the coins. Later, when I entered Active Duty, I noticed an increase in coins until we got to the point where every organization now seems to have one.

That being said, I'm pleased to have the few that I have. They're in my office desk at home, and at some point I'll place a few that I especially treasure in a display case for my own enjoyment.
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Posted: 6/4/2012 8:58:22 PM
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I got this from General Odierno in Iraq in 2009. I have a bunch of cool challenge coins, but this is probably the rarest one.

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p177/spamcanphotobucket/IMG_1195.jpg

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p177/spamcanphotobucket/IMG_1196.jpg


That beats the one an Army 3 star gave me.
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Posted: 6/4/2012 9:55:57 PM


I got a few others, but lost most of them. These are the ones I still have. Got most all of them in Iraq.
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Posted: 6/5/2012 1:09:28 AM
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http://i744.photobucket.com/albums/xx81/mgwantob/photo-3.jpg

I got a few others, but lost most of them. These are the ones I still have. Got most all of them in Iraq.


Very nice collection!
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Posted: 6/5/2012 1:19:50 AM
My second week at my unit was my first week out in the field. I was trying to do everything right but didn't know enough to do it right and felt like I was screwing everything up. The third or fourth day someone coined my squad leader and he didn't give two shits about it so he gave it to me and told me to keep up the good work. That coin meant a hell of a lot. Our brigade coin that commemorates the capture of Saddam doesn't even come close to how much that first coin meant.

My sister has a coin from some specialist who had his own coins made. That thing is about 5-6" round, can't remember what the design was but it was pretty awesome. It was way bigger than Gen. Ordinero's coin pictured previously.
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Posted: 6/5/2012 3:48:37 AM
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My second week at my unit was my first week out in the field. I was trying to do everything right but didn't know enough to do it right and felt like I was screwing everything up. The third or fourth day someone coined my squad leader and he didn't give two shits about it so he gave it to me and told me to keep up the good work. That coin meant a hell of a lot. Our brigade coin that commemorates the capture of Saddam doesn't even come close to how much that first coin meant.

My sister has a coin from some specialist who had his own coins made. That thing is about 5-6" round, can't remember what the design was but it was pretty awesome. It was way bigger than Gen. Ordinero's coin pictured previously.


Now THAT is some funny shit.
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Posted: 6/6/2012 2:25:46 AM
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I have more, but they are in storage somewhere. Some date back to 1988 when I got in.
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Posted: 6/6/2012 12:27:07 PM
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Originally Posted By jeepnik:
Never had such a thing in my day. We just did the job and then went home when our hitch was up. I guess kids today need bright and shiney things to help them remember things we have tried to forget.


One day I wish that I could be as hard as you.

OK, I snorted and sniggered at that one!

I got one from one of the MSG DETs at some embassy in Africa (might have been Nigeria) it is HUGE!!! Like frigging cowboy belt buckle size! I'll post a pic this pm since we're comparing size!

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Posted: 6/6/2012 12:43:24 PM
Here is one of mine that is not too common.



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Posted: 6/6/2012 1:01:14 PM
VERY cool!
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Posted: 6/6/2012 5:14:44 PM
Originally Posted By Balista:
Here is one of mine that is not too common.

http://i.imgur.com/k5Njr.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/a3ZAT.jpg


badass!
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Posted: 6/6/2012 5:21:36 PM
Originally Posted By pevrs114:
Originally Posted By MrKasab:
My second week at my unit was my first week out in the field. I was trying to do everything right but didn't know enough to do it right and felt like I was screwing everything up. The third or fourth day someone coined my squad leader and he didn't give two shits about it so he gave it to me and told me to keep up the good work. That coin meant a hell of a lot. Our brigade coin that commemorates the capture of Saddam doesn't even come close to how much that first coin meant.

My sister has a coin from some specialist who had his own coins made. That thing is about 5-6" round, can't remember what the design was but it was pretty awesome. It was way bigger than Gen. Ordinero's coin pictured previously.


Now THAT is some funny shit.


That is pretty hilarious, couldn't have been cheap either.
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Posted: 6/6/2012 7:06:16 PM
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Originally Posted By Balista:
Here is one of mine that is not too common.

http://i.imgur.com/k5Njr.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/a3ZAT.jpg





That is a pretty sweet coin, probably not too many of them floating around.
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Posted: 6/6/2012 7:21:34 PM
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As luck would have it, I just found this today while looking for something else.

They were all made from a spent 20mm casing. It is old school.

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Posted: 6/13/2012 11:49:13 PM
Originally Posted By bradleyc:
I got this from General Odierno in Iraq in 2009. I have a bunch of cool challenge coins, but this is probably the rarest one.

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p177/spamcanphotobucket/IMG_1195.jpg

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p177/spamcanphotobucket/IMG_1196.jpg


Same here. I got mine from him while at Kirkuk in 09. He told me he loves FISTers and gave me one.

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Posted: 6/15/2012 11:09:02 AM
I have a box of them at my house. Somewhere along the line I started getting them from everywhere i went. Didnt ask, just ended up with them. Always ment to get around to doing something with them, but never have. I never really had an interest in them, so I just threw them in a box. someday I suppose I will care, but right now Ijust dont.

I gues they are like pictures. I hate taking pictures and never did growing up or over the years. Now looking back, I wish i did. Guess the coins are the same thing. 1 day I might want them so I save them.

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Posted: 6/17/2012 4:55:58 AM
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Originally Posted By Thisguy0316:
Originally Posted By jeepnik:
Never had such a thing in my day. We just did the job and then went home when our hitch was up. I guess kids today need bright and shiney things to help them remember things we have tried to forget.


"I'm an older vet and I feel the need to lord my experiences over everyone, and belittle the efforts of the men who took our place."

Your attitude is everything that's wrong with senior military members. Challenge coins are incredibly lame to show off, yes (Take the hint OP), but having a collection at your house? Why not? I have a challenge coin the local police department made in memory of my father. Does that make me a bad person for displaying the coin in my home?


And just to add. Its not something that was given as a hey i blew stuff up. Units give them out as awards for "good work" or for being in the unit. Some are handed out because you showed up to something. Similar to a pat on the back. I have a few coins from my enlistment that sit in a box that had the flag I flew in Iraq that is now hanging on my wall. Know plenty of vets from current wars that would love to forget what they endured.
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Posted: 6/17/2012 9:30:48 AM
Originally Posted By jeepnik:
Never had such a thing in my day. We just did the job and then went home when our hitch was up. I guess kids today need bright and shiney things to help them remember things we have tried to forget.


you do realize that the challenge coin tradition dates back beyond the 20th century right?
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Posted: 6/17/2012 9:35:28 AM
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Originally Posted By MrKasab:
My second week at my unit was my first week out in the field. I was trying to do everything right but didn't know enough to do it right and felt like I was screwing everything up. The third or fourth day someone coined my squad leader and he didn't give two shits about it so he gave it to me and told me to keep up the good work. That coin meant a hell of a lot. Our brigade coin that commemorates the capture of Saddam doesn't even come close to how much that first coin meant.

My sister has a coin from some specialist who had his own coins made. That thing is about 5-6" round, can't remember what the design was but it was pretty awesome. It was way bigger than Gen. Ordinero's coin pictured previously.


Now THAT is some funny shit.


it'd be great if he went around spot checking Sgt Majors and handing them specialist coins.
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Posted: 6/17/2012 1:08:39 PM
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Originally Posted By jeepnik:
Never had such a thing in my day. We just did the job and then went home when our hitch was up. I guess kids today need bright and shiney things to help them remember things we have tried to forget.


you do realize that the challenge coin tradition dates back beyond the 20th century right?


The "tradition" may date back that far, but if it did, it was rare as hen's teeth. I guess you could think of the "ruptured duck" pin that WWII vets got when mustered out a "challenge" token, but I can't say I ever saw anyone wear it. Like I said, most older vets just did what they did and went home to get on with their life. Shiney doo dads aren't needed unless you need something that says "I was there". Some egos need that stroke, most don't.
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Posted: 6/17/2012 1:12:19 PM
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Originally Posted By jeepnik:
Never had such a thing in my day. We just did the job and then went home when our hitch was up. I guess kids today need bright and shiney things to help them remember things we have tried to forget.


you do realize that the challenge coin tradition dates back beyond the 20th century right?


The "tradition" may date back that far, but if it did, it was rare as hen's teeth. I guess you could think of the "ruptured duck" pin that WWII vets got when mustered out a "challenge" token, but I can't say I ever saw anyone wear it. Like I said, most older vets just did what they did and went home to get on with their life. Shiney doo dads aren't needed unless you need something that says "I was there". Some egos need that stroke, most don't.


It didn't become mainstream until well into the '90s.
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Posted: 6/17/2012 9:07:45 PM
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Originally Posted By jeepnik:
Originally Posted By 21BoomCBTENGR:
Originally Posted By jeepnik:
Never had such a thing in my day. We just did the job and then went home when our hitch was up. I guess kids today need bright and shiney things to help them remember things we have tried to forget.


you do realize that the challenge coin tradition dates back beyond the 20th century right?


The "tradition" may date back that far, but if it did, it was rare as hen's teeth. I guess you could think of the "ruptured duck" pin that WWII vets got when mustered out a "challenge" token, but I can't say I ever saw anyone wear it. Like I said, most older vets just did what they did and went home to get on with their life. Shiney doo dads aren't needed unless you need something that says "I was there". Some egos need that stroke, most don't.


Get over yourself.

Coins are a way to show thanks to people who help you out, or to show that they somehow stood out. They aren't a deployment thing either, they are given out regularly in garrison too.


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Posted: 6/18/2012 1:51:48 AM
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Originally Posted By 21BoomCBTENGR:
Originally Posted By jeepnik:
Never had such a thing in my day. We just did the job and then went home when our hitch was up. I guess kids today need bright and shiney things to help them remember things we have tried to forget.


you do realize that the challenge coin tradition dates back beyond the 20th century right?


The "tradition" may date back that far, but if it did, it was rare as hen's teeth. I guess you could think of the "ruptured duck" pin that WWII vets got when mustered out a "challenge" token, but I can't say I ever saw anyone wear it. Like I said, most older vets just did what they did and went home to get on with their life. Shiney doo dads aren't needed unless you need something that says "I was there". Some egos need that stroke, most don't.


yeah buddy, you're too cool for shiney things, now who's stroking themselves? go tell yourself you did something somewhere else you joke.
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