Monday, October 24, 2011

Plans Unveiled for Coin's Unveiling: Infantry Coin Prototype to be Introduced at Doughboy Classic | 27 October 2011

10/27/11: Ft. Benning Doughboys vs. CSU Cougars
Free Admission | 7:00pm Kick-Off | "Black Out" Game

Honoring Vietnam Veterans at Half-Time
Columbus, Georgia: When the Silver Wings jump into Doughboy Stadium at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, they will deliver not only the game ball, but also an official test strike of the 2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar. The one-of-a-kind prototype of this commemorative coin will be used for the coin toss in the second Doughboy classic, pitting the Fort Benning Doughboys against the Columbus State University Cougars. The game starts at 7 p.m.

Soldiers in period uniform will then deliver the coin to Marv Levy, WWII Veteran and former Buffalo Bills head coach who led his team to four straight Super Bowl appearances. Levy and the two teams’ captains will use the special silver dollar for the official coin toss.

About the 2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar
The limited-edition commemorative coin illustrating the courage, pride, sacrifice, sense of duty, and history of the United States Infantry will be available early next year. No more than 350,000 coins will be produced and they will be available only during 2012. The price will depend on the value of silver at the time of production. A portion of the proceeds will go to support the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center. 

Representatives of the US Mint and the National Infantry Foundation will be on-hand at the game to answer any questions. Coin literature will be available in the stands as well as at our booth outside the stadium. To contact us directly regarding the coin, email: coin@nationalinfantryfoundation.org

About the Game
Though recently resurrected after a hiatus lasting several decades, Doughboy football dates back to 1918. The original coaching staff includes a young Infantry captain named Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The Doughboy Bowl is the annual contest against Fort Benning's cross-town rivals, the Columbus State University Cougars. Kick-Off is at 7:00pm, with pre-game tailgate activities including bounce houses for kids and a wide variety of vendors. The team has called for a Black Out game, so all Fort Benning fans are encouraged to wear black to show your support. The half-time show will honor all veterans of the Vietnam War.

You can learn more about Doughboys football on Fort Benning FMWR's website or through the official Fort Benning Facebook page.

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The National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center
1775 Legacy Way | Columbus, GA | 706.685.5800

Adding Your Voice to the Infantry Story | National Infantry Museum, Fort Benning, Columbus, GA Georgia

The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center stands as a lasting tribute to the legacy of the United States Army Infantryman. The NIMSC features opportunities for education and recreation unlike anywhere else, including world-class galleries, living history programs, combat simulator games, and the region's only true IMAX 3D Experience!

Mr. White meeting COL (Ret.) Greg Camp,
Executive VP of the National Infantry Foundation
More importantly, however, this is a museum of people. Our exhibits feature the personal stories of men who volunteered to serve their country in a time of war – men like Gerald White, who recently visited the National Infantry Museum with his family.

Pvt. 1st Class White was an 81 MM mortarman in World War II, assigned to the Weapons Platoon of M Company, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. His photograph as well as a V-Letter to his parents dated 4/22/45 are on display in our "World At War" Gallery.

Mr. White with SFC Tillotson & SSG Walker,
active duty Soldiers who were just visiting the
NIMSC and stopped to thank Mr. White for
his service over 60 years ago
The National Infantry Foundation thanks all veterans for their dedication to our nation and the sacrifices they have made to protect liberty. In addition to our great artifact displays, our volunteer staff contains many combat veterans from WWII to the present; their experiences add to the richness of a trip to the National Infantry Museum.

There are many ways you can contribute your voice to our story:
  • VOLUNTEER at the National Infantry Museum, providing guidance and insight to visitors from all over the world
  • DEDICATE a Paver on Heritage Walk, memorializing a loved one as a permanent part of the facility by purchasing an engraved granite paver
  • DONATE funds or artifacts to the museum; this facility relies on your direct support for all operating costs
  • SHARE your stories with us by commenting below and following us on Facebook & Twitter. If you email us your words/photos, your story can also be featured on this blog!

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The National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center
1775 Legacy Way | Columbus, GA | 706.685.5800