Door Gunner Vietnam Challenge Coin
From the dawn of early aviation, military crews have used their aerial platform to strategic advantage. Operating under extreme adverse conditions, exposed to enemy fire, or landing in a hot LZ, the air crewman who manned the machine gun in the door of his rotor wing aircraft was known for displaying cool courage. Providing essential cover for highly vulnerable embarking and disembarking troops and laying down a lethal fusillade to break enemy formations were just some of the duties performed by these brave and technically proficient warriors of the sky. Minted in the USA from special deep-relief coining dies; struck from solid bronze; and hand-finished with an antique patina for exceptional quality and detail, the obverse features a door gunner manning a machine gun at the door of a helicopter.