Confronting the threat posed to the world by Iraq's dangerous dictator, the U.S. Military launched Operation Iraqi Freedom on 20 March 2003.
In command of a multi-national coalition, America's Armed Forces spearheaded a massive military campaign designed to oust Saddam Hussein from power and liberate the people of Iraq from his oppressive rule. Exhibiting lightning-fast speed and overwhelming power, U.S. led forces unleashed a simultaneous air and ground assault that utterly crippled the enemy's defenses, enabling the Allies to swiftly advance toward their final objective. Seizing control of the Iraqi capital on 9 April 2003, American forces officially declared the end of Saddam Hussein's brutal regime, ushering in a new era of Iraqi independence.
This coin salutes the success achieved by America and its Allies in the skillful execution of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The coin's obverse features a montage of the setting sun, crossed swords, a Marine and a palm tree. The reverse bears the seal of the U.S. Marine Corps.