River Rats

Life Member 

Challenge Coin

An updated version of the River Rats Challenge Coin commemorating the organization's 50th Anniversary and signifies Life Membership in the River Rats.  

River Rats Life Member Challenge Coin

Announcing the New “LIFE MEMBER” River Rat Challenge Coin


The Billy Sparks Pack, in conjunction with the River Rat Executive board, is proud to announce the new “Life Member” River Rat Challenge Coin, available only to Life Members. It has basic look of the updated River Rat challenge coin with a few minor enhancements. The front and back outer rings now have a black background with silver lettering. The coin is coated with a clear epoxy finish for a much better overall look and feel. Finally, the words “LIFE MEMBER” are now on the front of the coin, just below the River Rat crest and banner. The cost is the same as the standard River Rat Coin, $10.00, plus $5.00 s&h. 

About the Updated Coin

The updated coin is two-inches in diameter and is finished in a matted silver with a wave cut edge.

Front of the Coin

Displayed on the front of the coin is the Red River Valley Fighter Pilot Association shield and banner, with LIFE MEMBER printed just below the banner, encircled by the motto:


Back of the Coin

The back of the coin features the following symbolic elements:

  • The 4 symbols of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines

  • A nickel at the top center position, representing the “Throw a Nickel on the Grass” tradition for those who have gone before us

  • The POW/MIA ribbon in the center, with the yellow outline

  • The phrase “Check 6” sits at the bottom center

  • The dots along the top arc represent the tap code used by the POWs to communicate with each other, spelling out one of the standard yet powerful sign-offs: GBU (God Bless You)

  • The bottom arc is the Shakespeare saying which binds us altogether: “WE FEW, WE HAPPY FEW, WE BAND OF BROTHERS"

River Rats Challenge Coin Rules

In keeping with the tradition of the original River Rat challenge coin, the rule is that “If coined, you have 5 seconds to produce your coin or you buy a round of drinks. If you manage to produce your coin within 5 seconds, then the person initiating the challenge would buy the round”.

Obtaining Your Coin

The minimum accepted donation for one coin is $15. Your donation covers the cost of shipping and handling (Coins are $10.00 in person). Additional coins can be acquired for a donation of $10.00 per coin. Donations greater than the minimum required amount are greatly appreciated.


1)   To purchase your coin online, use this link:

2)   Make checks payable to “Kentuckiana River Rats” and send to following address:


            Billy Sparks Kentuckiana Pack
            7716 Cambridge Ct. 
            Crestwood, KY 40014


If you have any questions, contact:

            Craig “Pontiff” Pope

            Billy Sparks Kentuckiana Pack LFC




The Billy Sparks pack is based out of the Louisville area and covers all surrounding areas of the Kentuckiana area. Our mission is to promote the commraderaie and traditions of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilot Association,"the River Rats,” for those who have come before us and to current members and those wanting to become a River Rat. While flying fighters is not a requirement to be a River Rat, we are united by a shared "Aviation Warrior Spirt.”



Billy Sparks Kentuckiana Pack
7716 Cambridge Ct.

Crestwood, KY 40014




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