As webmaster I have worked with other
Top Tiger unit members to design a Unit Challenge
Coin for the 68th AHC. This coin was designed
to be a collectors item to foster esprit de corps
/unit pride. The design was to incorporate images
that would honor all the men who served in the 68th AHC
and all of it's Detachments.
The Front of the Coin
The front of the coin has an
image of the unit crest with a more enhanced graphic
design of the Tiger in the center. The enhanced
Tiger came from the nose art on the 68th AHC ships after
there move to Binh Hoa in 1966. There is a Vietnam
Service Medal above the Tiger Unit Patch to show that
our unit served in Vietnam.
The outside ring has two inscriptions,
the top indicated in bold print the unit name, 68th
Assault Helicopter Company and the bottom the years
of service 1965-1970. The unit was decommissioned
on Dec. 31, 1970. The 68th name was later used by
another Vietnam helicopter unit.
The Back of the Coin
The back of the coin has the images of two UH-1
helicopters. The lower ship is a UH-1 slick ship
approaching a LZ in the Vietnam jungle. The
approach just above the palm trees and nipple palm with
the unit guardians, a UH-1C Mustang gun ship circling
The outer ring with black background to
enhance the lettering. At the top is Top Tigers
and Mustangs and around the helos is the support units (
391st Maintenance Detachment, 282nd Signal Detachment, &
430th Medical Detachment).