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PHOTOS OF DINH DOC LAP, Independence Palace

(Added 12 photos) INDEPENDENCE PALACE
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PALACE OF INDEPENDENCE DURING INDOCHINA ERA
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THE IMAGE OF PALACE OF INDEPENDENCE ON THE BANK NOTES

MISCELLANIOUS ITEMS

Greeting Card Greeting Card Greeting Card Calendar Ration C Ration C Ration C

FLIGHT CERTIFICATE, ENGLISH DIPLOMA & VNAF IN-SERVICE CERTIFICATE

Certificate Certificate

THE CODE OF CONDUCT MANUAL FOR ARVN SOLDIERS

ARVN Manual


ARVN Manual

Click on the left thumbnails to see in details three articles (covering 18 items) of the code of conduct for ARVN soldiers during Vietnam war. BTW, below is the US Armed Forces' six articles of Code of Conduct.

US Armed Forces' Six Articles of Code of Conduct

I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.

I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.

If I am captured, I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.

If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me, and will back them up in every way.

When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give only name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause.

I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.

MEMORABLE CHRISTMAS CARD

Christmas Card

Remember this Chirstmas Card? A watercolor, hand-drew painting on a small piece of silk mounted on postcard. They used to be displayed for sale in bookstores or on souvenir-stands along Nguyen Hue Boulevard when Christmas season approached.

VNAF PASSPORT CARD

VNAF AIRBASE SECURITY ID CARD
VNAF SECURITY ID

      The Airbase Passport Card on the left belongs to a VNAF soldier. He was allowed to access the base through the 1st Air Division gate and was assigned to work with the 239th Squadron ("PD 239" seen near the middle of the card). KBC 3198 appears to the left of the photo, documenting its association with the 1st Air Division.

The vertical boxed hand stamp on the back of the card stipulates that the "card must be worn when entering base until exiting it" and the printed text states "when the card is missing, a report must be filed with the Military Police unit."

When the collapse of the Republic of Viet Nam became evident, many VNAF personnel and their families flew to US air bases in Thailand. During the final hours of the war, a fleet of VNAF helicopters evacuated some 5,500 South Vietnamese, 2,300 Americans including nearly 1,000 US Marines, and 85 foreign nationals to US ships waiting offshore. In total, less than 200 VNAF aircraft were saved; the rest were pushed into the ocean during rescue missions to clear ship landing areas for incoming flights or the Communist forces captured them.

On 3 May 1975, just three days after the fall of Saigon on 30 April, the Vietnamese Communist issued "Order Number One" requiring all citizens of the former Republic of Viet Nam to register with the new regime. Military personnel were among those targeted for "reeducation" or "thought reform" in addition to registration, the length of which depended on Communist perceived degrees of "guilt,"but most stretched out more than 6 to 17 years.

(Source: Imnaha Stamps)


VNAF PAYROLL CARD

VNAF PAYROLL CARD
VNAF Payroll card

      This is a VNAF payroll card that also functioned as a payroll receipt. It bears handstamps ("Tra Roi") from the Finance Officer . Not all units had payroll cards; many soldiers just got paid.

(Brief information on the left)
KBC 4324 Issued: 01 January 1974
Certified by Captain Nguyen Manh Kiem (Finance Officer/Base Wing/TSN airbase
Rank: "36"
Name: N.H.X Military Service Number: 72/605.316
Signature of ID bearer
Boxes list months of the year with amount paid (e.g. January: 17,100 Piastre).

(On the right)
Payroll Card
5th Air Division (Su Doan 5 Khong Quan)
Base Wing/ Tan Son Nhat Airbase
Unit.....
Payroll record: 53
1974

(Source: Imnaha Stamps)


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