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Old 12-23-2018, 04:41 PM
frank60586 frank60586 is offline
 
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Default Vietnam service weapons question.

when we left Vietnam did our troops take most of the weapons back with them. If they did could a 1911 that was rebuilt in 73 could have been in Vietnam correct
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Old 12-23-2018, 05:46 PM
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If the pistol had been in service since the 1940’s, I would think it may have been issued, turned back in, re-issued, a few times. Maybe it went to Vietnam in 1965? Again, maybe issued, turned in, re-issued ? Then an armorer finally graded the pistol as unserviceable ? And it was shipped back to the USA, with a bunch of unserviceable pistols?
Where it was rebuilt in 1973?

It’s just speculation on my part. Maybe a veteran of Vietnam would have a better idea of what was done with small arms, near the end of that war?
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Old 12-23-2018, 05:56 PM
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We gave a lot to the South Vietnamese, for all the good it ended up doing them.
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Old 12-23-2018, 08:19 PM
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Ours were cleaned, checked for parts and went back to armory inventory.
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Old 12-23-2018, 09:39 PM
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- There were boatloads of U.S. small arms left behind in Vietnam when Saigon fell in April of 1975.
- In 2004, I was in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) and up the road at the Cu Chi Tunnels, the Vietnamese Communists figured out that capitalism was a good thing for tourism.
- For 1 U.S. dollar per round, you could live fire any number of U.S. small arms, which included the following...
> M1 rifle
> M1 carbine
> M14 rifle
> M16 rifle
> M1A1 submachine gun
> M60 machine gun
> M1897 trench shotgun

and for those interested in shooting the Russian AK47 rifle, it was available as well.
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Old 12-25-2018, 02:51 PM
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When I left Can Tho in February 73 I had to turn mine in. I believe the plan was that they were going to be given to the ARVNs. It sure would be a bonus for me if I got one that was a VN service weapon.
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Old 12-27-2018, 02:54 PM
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That was my thinking that most were just given over to the South Vietnamese. But I just didn't know like if when the big red one came back they shipped all their stuff back or it was just given to the South Vietnamese like I said.
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Old 12-27-2018, 06:21 PM
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1st Div departed to CONUS as a organized unit and would have brought most of the property back unlike individuals returning from a rotation.
Once the 196th Bde turned off the lights over there in 1972 I am sure everything left in place was looted.
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Old 12-28-2018, 08:17 PM
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I'm sorry I guess I didn't make it clear. I never meant to say a individual who was rotating back to the world. I've always meant to the divisions when they rotated back as a division. So basically if a pistol was rebuilt and 73 or 74 it could have a real good chance that it was in Vietnam.


the one I'm looking at because it basically has no markings left on it.
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Old 12-28-2018, 08:47 PM
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Frank, I would think you'd never know.

I was hoping that I'd get one from CMP that I could have used from 81-95 - and there is a chance, but most were rebuilt right about when I came in. On the other hand, any 1911a1 could have been in WW2, Korea, Vietnam - let alone scores of missions and small battles that have occurred with infantry, MP's and thousands of senior NCO and Officers
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