Terminal Lance #471 “Coin Purse”

May 9, 2017

On Saturday of last weekend, I attended the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s annual award ceremony dinner and received the James Webb Award for Fiction for The White Donkey.

It was a huge honor and I am immensely grateful for the consideration (especially considering we got snubbed at the Eisner awards), and it was great to meet both Sergeant Major Green and General Neller, whom presented the awards to the many fine recipients.


Shortly after this photo was taken, Sergeant Major Green handed me one of his signature Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Challenge Coins. For those of you unaware, it’s traditional for a Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps to hand out challenge coins during base visits and other events.

But I couldn’t help but wonder… Is he carrying a pocket full of challenge coins in his dress blues?

Clearly there’s no way that can be the case, and while I wasn’t able to find a poor Lance Corporal with jingling cargo pockets at the event, I’m left to assume that this must be the case.

In any case, apologies for the late updates lately, I’m currently out of the country again, but we have some cool announcements coming soon when I get back. Stay tuned for more TL!

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