17th SOS CHALLENGE COIN
The coin is numbered and are issue in numerical order as they are sold.
The history of The Challenge coin goes back to World War 1. A young pilot placed a medallion in a leather in a small leather pouch. He was captured by a German patrol behind enemy lines,the Germans took all of his personal identification, except the pouch with coin. As he escaped he stumbled on to French outpost the coin was shown to the french, which one of his French captors recognized the sqaudron insignia on the medallion.Back at his squadron, it became a tradition that all members carry the medallion or coin at all times. Rules of the coin challenge are as follows.
A. The challenge is initiated by drawing your coin, holding in the air by whatever means possible & state,scream,shout or otherwise verbally acknowledge that you are initiating a coin check. Another method is firmly place it on the bar,table or floor . If you accidentally drop your coin & it makes an audible sound upon impact, then you have just “accidentally” initiated a coin check. (This is called paying the price for improper care of your coin.)
B. The response consists of ALL those persons being challenged drawing their coin in a like manner.
C. If you are challenged & are unable to properly respond, you must buy a round of drinks for challenger & the group being challenged.
D If everyone being challenged responds in a correct manner, the challenger must by a round of drinks for ALL those people they challenged.
F. Failure to buy a round is a despicable crime & will require that you turn-in your COIN to issuing agency.
A. COIN CHECKS ARE PERMITTED, ANYTIME ANYPLACE
There are no exception to the rules. They apply to those clothed or unclothed.At the time of the challenge you are permitted one step & arms reach to locate your coin. if you still can not reach it-
SORRY ABOUT THAT !!
Now you now the rules so have your Medallion or coin available at all times.