Our company has issued them on and off over the years for memorable events. I have few from hurricane deployments. Here were a few that were in my desk, I have some additional ones up in a drawer waiting for the day I put them on a display rack.
My most treasured is the one my dad gave me a couple years ago. I had been shuttling back and forth up to DC to help out while he was going through some pretty rigorous cancer treatments. Seeing my old man, who is a tough as nails retired master sergeant, brought to tears by his treatments from the pain was pretty sobering. He toughed it out. That was followed shortly by back surgery, ankle surgery…all from brittle bones brought on by 1970s radiation treatment for cancer brought on (mostly likely) by exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. He’s still alive and kicking…diagnosed again a few weeks ago with another cancer…mycosis fungoldes. I think this will be his sixth or seventh dance with cancer.
Anyway, Dad slipped me this coin on one of my visits a couple years back. A gesture where none was needed. But I’m glad I’ll always have it. I’m sure he wishes the coin wasn’t for the current role of Ft. Belvoir (home of the Defense Logistics Agency) and rather the one he served when he was there at retirement decades ago (he was a combat engineer in Vietnam). Back in the late 90s, the base realigned and the engineers were moved out to Ft. Leonard Wood right when my father was getting out.
The big red castle of the Army Corps of Engineers was ever present throughout my childhood.