On June 25, 1996, Iran attacked America at Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, exploding a huge truck bomb that devastated Khobar Towers and murdered 19 U.S. airmen as they rested in their dormitory. These young heroes spent every day risking their lives enforcing the no-fly zone over southern Iraq; that is, protecting Iraqi Shiites from their own murderous tyrant. More than 380 of our Air Force men and women were wounded in this well-planned attack.

The FBI's investigation of the Khobar attack was extraordinarily persistent. Over the course of the investigation the evidence became clear that while the attack was staged by Saudi Hezbollah members, the entire operation was planned, funded and coordinated by Iran's security services, the IRGC and MOIS, acting on orders from the highest levels of the regime in Tehran.

Decal and Coin History

The design used for the coin front was designed by A1C Joshua E. Woody’s stepfather, George Beekman, and was first used at the 10th anniversary memorial services held at Eglin AFB, Florida and Arlington National Cemetery. A1C Joshua E. Woody was one of the nineteen servicemen killed in the Khobar Towers Bombing. Many family members proudly display decals and matching license plates in their honor.

On June 25th, 2006, two 19-inch decals were also used on the rear quarter panels of the #21 Wood Brothers race car sponsored by the Air Force and Little Debbie’s at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Sonoma, CA. The entire field of cars sported a 3-inch decal on the cars “B” post for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race.

Mr. Beekman designed the coin as a permanent keepsake for the families and friends of those lost in the June 25th, 1996 Khobar Towers Bombing.

The back of the coin lists the Nineteen American Air Force Servicemen lost in the Khobar Towers Bombing.



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