If you received one of these from me through a handshake, that means I think you are "good people". If not you can get one here today for your collection!
The Velvet Hammer Challenge Coin is 1 3/4" in size, double Sided and enamel colored
The Challenge Coin means that I think “You Are Good People”. This is an award of honor and tradition that goes back to World War I. The coins you have received come from culture, mission and symbolize friendship and respect.
I have laid coins all over the world to include Afghanistan, Iraq, Arnhem Holland (Operation Market Garden WWII, buried by a grave of an Unknown Polish Soldier), Bastogne Belgium (Battle of the Bulge WWII, buried by Easy Company’s location), Buried on Omaha Beach in France at Dog Green Sector, One is buried at a grave of an unknown U.S. soldier at the National Cemetery on Omaha Beach. I even got permission from the National Park Service to place one inside the visible smoke stack of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor Hawaii.
As you can see challenge coins carry a legacy. Most importantly these coins are carried and treasured by warriors around the globe as tokens of trust and friendship. They are in the pockets and pouches of warriors as they defend our freedom abroad and on our city streets.
HISTORY OF THE CHALLENGE COIN
During World War 1, American volunteers from all parts of the country filled the newly formed flying squadrons. Some were wealthy scions attending colleges such as Yale and Harvard who quit in mid-term to join the war. In one squadron, a wealthy lieutenant ordered medallions struck in solid bronze and presented them to his unit. One young pilot placed the medallion in a small leather pouch that he wore about his neck.
Shortly after acquiring the medallions, the pilots’ aircraft was severely damaged by ground fire. He was forced to land behind enemy lines and was immediately captured by a German patrol. In order to discourage his escape, the Germans took all of his personal identification except for the small leather pouch around his neck. In the meantime, he was taken to a small French town near the front. Taking advantage of a bombardment that night, he escaped. However, he was without personal identification.
He succeeded in avoiding German patrols by donning civilian attire and reached the front lines. With great difficulty, he crossed no-man's land. Eventually, he stumbled onto a French outpost. Unfortunately, saboteurs had plagued the French in the sector. They sometimes masqueraded as civilians and wore civilian clothes. Not recognizing the young pilot's American accent, the French thought him to be a saboteur and made ready to execute him. He had no identification to prove his allegiance, but he did have his leather pouch containing the medallion. He showed the medallion to his would-be executioners and one of his French captors recognized the squadron insignia on the medallion. They delayed his execution long enough for him to confirm his identity. Instead of shooting him they gave him a bottle of wine.
Back at his squadron, it became tradition to ensure that all members carried their medallion or coin at all times. This was accomplished through challenge in the following manner - a challenger would ask to see the medallion. If the challenged could not produce a medallion, they were required to buy a drink of choice for the member who challenged them. If the challenged member produced a medallion, then the challenging member was required to pay for the drink. This tradition continued on throughout the war and for many years after the war while surviving members of the squadron were still alive.
Since that time military units, law enforcement and even corporations have struck coins with their symbols as tokens of trust, friendship and alliance.
DON'T BE CAUGHT WITHOUT A CHALLENGE COIN
Tradition is that if you are at a place to eat and drink, if someone produces a challenge coin (i.e the "Challenge") and you do not have one - you buy :)
THE MEANING OF THIS ICONIC EMBLEM
This trademarked emblem represents some of the key elements in the life and focus of David Burnell.
The emblem represents a global circle, an international dive flag representing David's significant water experience in various modes, the dagger represents his extensive involvement with special operations missions and forces, the snake represents the medical services rendered and the stars are the field from the flag and country that he has served and loves.
This emblem was created by the World Class and talented Ryan Gorley from www.freehive.com. If you need a logo, website or high speed technology oriented message created he is the man!