173d Airborne Brigade
Honoring America’s Sky Soldiers
America’s debt to the 173d Airborne Brigade can never fully be repaid, but a new memorial will go a long way toward honoring the sacrifice of all those who have served under its flag. As a tribute to these brave men and women and to help raise funds for the memorial, members of this famed unit have created a custom commemorative medallion with the help of Northwest Territorial Mint.
The 173d Airborne Brigade was activated on the island of Okinawa in 1963 to serve as an expeditionary combat team. After undergoing arduous training, the paratroopers of this separate brigade were called up in 1965 to serve in Vietnam. During the course of its involvement in Vietnam, the intrepid warriors of the 173d Airborne Brigade participated in 54 campaigns, including the only mass-combat jump of the war. This unit still continues its service to the country today, and its members have performed with distinction in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Creating A Coin
Northwest Territorial Mint worked closely with the 173d Airborne Brigade Memorial Foundation to create a medallion that captures the unit’s unique identity and commemorates the Sky Soldier Memorial. The obverse (heads) side of the 1 7/8-inch medallion features the unit's distinctive emblem. The reverse bears a rendering of the new memorial, which is sited on the grounds of the National Infantry Museum adjacent to Fort Benning, Georgia.
In the words of Don Dali, Director of the 173d Memorial Foundation, the medallion is “…truly a tribute to the 173d Airborne Brigade Memorial Project and all those soldiers whose lives were taken from us while serving under its flag.
“The attention to detail, workmanship and quality is nothing less than outstanding!!! All those who have seen them think they are beautiful. Most of all, the professionalism extended to us by you and NWTM staff was superb.”