Challenge Coin to honor River Rats who are NAMPOWs

This coin was made to honor all those River Rats that were  part of the 4th Allied POW Wing.

                 

                     

River Rat NAMPOW

Challenge Coin 

About the Coin

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

Displayed on the front of the coin is the Red River Valley Fighter Pilot Association shield and banner, the 4th Allied

POW Wing patch and the motto:

             WE WHO CAME HOME, MUST NEVER

                FORGET THOSE WHO COULD NOT

NAMPOW and LIFE MEMBER have been added to

complete the design.

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 coin is obtained from the Billy Sparks Kentuckiana Pack only.

 

The NAMPOW challenge coin was presented to those that attended the 2019 NAMPOW reunion.

For those NAMPOWs that were not able to make the reunion, simply  email the Billy Sparks Pack  and tell them that you would like to get a coin. There is no charge for the first coin. Tom Hanton will be putting out an email with all the details, including how to buy extra coins, as it will need a password to complete the purchase.

In the email to request for your free coin, include your name, rank, mailing address. Send emails to Pontiff at:  kentuckianarr@gmail.com

If you would like to  purchase extra coins, they are $10.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling. Additional coins in the same order are only $10.00 each with no additional s&h fees. The password will be needed to complete the order.

To order your coin or if you

have any questions, contact:

            Craig “Pontiff” Pope

            Billy Sparks Kentuckiana Pack LFC

            kentuckianarr@gmail.com

            502-548-2654

ABOUT US

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.”

ADDRESS

502-548-2654

Billy Sparks Kentuckiana Pack
7716 Cambridge Ct.

Crestwood, KY 40014

 

kentuckianarr@gmail.com

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