Unit Coins

Unit ("Challenge") Coins

Many units in the U.S. Army have coins.  These coins probably came into common use sometime in the 1970's or 1980's, and were generally given out by the unit commander as a sort of "on the spot" award for performance or as gifts to visitors to the unit.  In addition to the more standard "Commander's Coin", there were sometimes Command Sergeant Major's coins.  Another subset were coins commemorating specific events such as Operation Desert Storm.

We are in the process of collecting images of all the units coins within or near the 3d Armored Division.  In some cases, we have more than one face for a given unit coin.  We will try to present as many as possible over time.  Please note that there are many images on this page:  it may take a couple minutes to fully display on your screen.  Also, the coins are arranged in a generally brigade structure.  Thus, 1st Brigade would precede 2d Brigade, and the units within 1st Brigade would fall after 1st Brigade but before 2d Brigade.  We are also attempting to present all variations of unit coins.  Two examples here are the 3d Armored Division coin (three variants) and the 122d Main Support Battalion (three variants, one of which is larger than "standard").

If you have a related 3AD coin that you do not see here (including variants), we would very much appreciate an image of that coin.  If you email us such an image, please scan the coin at about 300 dpi in a format such as *.tif or *.bmp.  If you send the image as a *.jpg, please keep the resolution and quality settings high so that we will have enough image data to make a decent web presentation.  When you scan the coin, please send each side of the coin as a separate file.  The address to send to is spearheader@comcast.com.

If you are interested in a method of coin display/storage, here is the website of a serving member of the U.S. Air Force who makes display cases: Morgan House Woodprojects..

The images below came from the private collections of members of the Association of 3d Armored Division Veterans.  We greatly appreciate their help in completing this page.

 


Association of 3d Armored Division Veterans

All Era Coin
Cold War
Desert Storm
32nd Armored Regiment

Echelons Above Division

V Corps
 

3AD Divisional Unit Coins

3d Armored Division
 
 
 
 
 
 
3d Armored Division Assistant Chief-of-Staff G2 (Intelligence) Coin
 
3d Armored Division Recruiting Coin
 
1st Brigade
 
2d Battalion, 32d Armor
 
4th Battalion, 32d Armor
 
2d Battalion, 33d Armor
 
4th Battalion, 34th Armor (attached during Operation Desert Storm)
 
3d Battalion, 5th Cavalry
 
5th Battalion, 5th Cavalry
 
2d Brigade
 
3d Battalion, 8th Cavalry
 
4th Battalion, 8th Cavalry
 
4th Battalion, 18th Infantry
 
3d Brigade
 
2d Battalion, 67th Armor
 
4th Battalion, 67th Armor
 
5th Battalion, 18th Infantry
   
4th (Combat Aviation) Brigade
 
2d Battalion, 227th Aviation
 
3d Battalion, 227th Aviation
   
4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry (DIVCAV)
 
 
Division Artillery (DIVARTY)
 
 
2d Battalion, 3d Field Artillery
 
 
2d Battalion, 29th Field Artillery (attached during Operation Desert Storm)
 
2d Battalion, 82d Field Artillery
   
4th Battalion, 82d Field Artillery
 
Division Engineers (DIVENG)
   
12th Engineer Battalion (attached during Operation Desert Storm)
 
23d Engineer Battalion
   
Task Force 33d Engineers (Provisional) (Desert Storm only)
 
Division Support Command (DISCOM)
 
 
503d Forward Support Battalion
 
45th Forward Support Battalion
 
54th Forward Support Battalion
   
122d Main Support Battalion
 
 
 
Note that the above 122d MSB coin was minted about 25% larger than standard.  
9-227th Aviation Support Battalion
   
3d Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery
 
5th Battalion, 3d Air Defense Artillery (attached during Operation Desert Storm)
   
533d Military Intelligence Battalion
 
143d Signal Battalion
 
503d Military Police Company
   
22d Chemical Company
   

Non-3AD Coins of Units/Organizations with some relationship to 3AD

Frankfurt Military Community
 
Hanau Military Community
 
Gießen Military Community
 
Kirch-Göns Military Subcommunity
 
42d Field Artillery Brigade (habitual GS support to 3AD)
 
2d Battalion, 20th Field Artillery (habitual GS support to 3AD)
 
3d Battalion, 20th Field Artillery (habitual GS support to 3AD)
 
130th Engineer Brigade (habitual support to 3AD)
   
317th Engineer Battalion (habitual support to 3AD)
 
17th Signal Battalion (support unit)