USS Milius (DDG-69)

Officially Licensed Product of the
U.S. Navy
Item Number: 49912
Product Type:  Coin
Size: 1 3/4 inch (44mm) Round
Material: Bronze Antique
Price: $12.00
This product is proudly minted in the United States of America
 
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USS Milius DDG-69

The USS Milius (DDG-69) is vital for defending American interests and protecting freedom across the globe. An Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer for the US Navy, she is marvelously equipped to succeed in even the most demanding of missions.

Named after Commander Paul L. Milius, a recipient of the Navy Cross, the USS Milius and her crew live up to his legacy of pride in service and strength of character. Milius’s aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire over Laos on 27 February 1968. He immediately ordered his crew to bail out and seven of the nine men aboard were rescued. Though he managed to exit his aircraft, Commander Milius was never recovered. He received the Navy Cross in 1968.

Commissioned on 22 July 1995, the USS Milius has a displacement of approximately 8,900 long tons and stretches some 505 feet in length. Armed with naval guns and anti-air, anti-surface, and anti-submarine missiles, plus other weapons, she is equipped for surface-to-air, surface-to-surface, and anti-submarine warfare. She also is the home to a SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter.

Minted in the USA from solid bronze, using special deep-relief coining dies, and hand-finished with an antique patina for exceptional quality and detail, this coin pays tribute to the USS Milius and salutes the exceptional service of her crew. The obverse contains a portrait of the ship’s namesake, Commander Paul L. Milius, with the motto of the ship "Alii Prae Me" which means “Others before me” with the Navy Cross and aviator’s wings on the left. The reverse displays the shield and crest of the USS Milius.

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