Her ladders no longer clang with intentioned feet and her bulkheads no longer resound with barked orders, but the USS McClusky’s memories thrive through this remarkable challenge coin. Grab this memento of history dedicated to the USS McClusky (FFG-41) and her crew’s 32 years of service.
Rear Admiral Clarence Wade McClusky honors the ship with his name. As a WWII aviation hero and a Korean War Chief of Staff, McClusky fought fearlessly and gallantly, earning a bounty of medals such as the WWII Victory Medal, National Defense Medal, and the Korean Service Medal.
Aboard a rugged and ready ship, USS McClusky’s crew fearlessly embarked on missions spanning the Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf, and Western Pacific. Built to take a beating and keep on fighting, the Mighty Mac chaperoned her crew into battle in operations such as Earnest Will and Praying Mantis. During anti-narcotics ops, she ran down trafficking vessels, seizing 11 tons of cocaine in just one year of busts. Proving bravery comes in many forms, the USS McClusky crew solemnly aided in the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy search and recovery.
Before being decommissioned in 2015, she set sail on her final deployment armed with a Vulcan Phalanx CIWS, four .50-cal machine gun, SM-1MR standard anti-ship/air missiles, an OTO Melara Mk 75 caliber naval gun, two Mk 32 triple-tube torpedoes launchers, and two Sea Hawk LAMPS III.
Minted in antique bronze, and highlighted by bold enamel, this challenge coin honors the crew of the USS McClusky (FFG-41). The obverse features the ship slicing through the sea, and her nickname, “THE MIGHTY MAC,” arced at the top of the coin. The reverse displays the ship’s seal, along with her motto, “FAST, FEARLESS, GALLANT,” encircled in rich blue enamel.
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