A guy can get blown up serving his country, but if it went down during a year that happens to be a numeric euphemism for a certain sex position, he ain’t getting a commemorative license plate for it—at least not in Utah.
Vietnam War veteran Arnold Breitenbach’s served a 12-month stint as a gunner. A grenade attack left him temporarily blinded and with permanent hearing damage, and he received a Purple Heart for his service. This year Breitenbach went to the Utah Division of Motor Vehicles to request a personalized license plate—CIB-69, designating the Combat Infantryman’s Badge he received and the year he was awarded the Purple Heart. Denied! According to The Spectrum newspaper of St. George, Utah, state regulations prohibit the use of the number 69 because of its sexual connotations. “They’ve got Viagra [ads] all over the place,” Breitenbach told the New York Post. “In today’s day and age, it seems like everything is out in the open.” Breitenbach appealed the decision, but was shot down yet again. He settled for a Purple Heart logo on the license plate without the CIB-69 designation. As far as we’re concerned, Utah’s treatment of this American hero sucks the big one!