NSWC Dahlgren Division Centennial Coins Symbolize 100 Years

December 5, 2018 – The tradition of issuing coins in the military is believed to have started in Vietnam. When an Army infantry-run bar tried to keep non-infantrymen away, they allegedly forced “outsiders” to buy drinks for the whole bar if they could not prove they had been in combat. Story iterations like this one have indicated that this proof started with enemy bullets and gradually became as extreme as grenades, rockets and unexploded ordnance. Eventually, a coin-sized item emblazoned with the unit’s insignia became the accepted form of proof,…

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