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USMC Vietnam Mameluke Sword Grouping - Marine Corps

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Directory: Popular Collectibles: Militaria: Edged Weapons: Pre 1970: Item # 1160638
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Very cool grouping including a USMC Mameluke engraved to Charles Lee Morrow and three wall plaques for excellent service in Vietnam. Interestingly, although the plaques show some wear (See photos) they are each from a different Marine Corps division, the 1st, 3rd and 7th. The rank given on two of the plaques is Captain and each is engraved again with his name. The 1st Division plaque specifies service in Vietnam 1968-1969. The plaque from the 7th Division is the most interesting and reads "PRESENTED TO CAPT C. L. MORROW USMC IN RECOGNITION OF SUPERIOR SERVICE AS OFFICER IN CHARGE 9TH ITT 7TH MARINES 10 APR 69 TO 1 NOV 69 HILL 55 LZ BALDY VIETNAM". This is important as ITT stands for Interrogation Translation Team and it specifies specifically LZ Baldy which was located near the city of Da Nang and of which there is a wealth of online information, photos and maps. Being in charge of an interrogation unit I am sure Captain Morrow had a really interesting time. Now, the sword itself is a real beauty. While it does show signs of being over 40 years old, it shows signs of only gentle wear and could be further cleaned up if the next guy desires to do so. Both sides are engraved "United States Marines" and shows the early Betsy Ross flag with the USMC globe, anchor and eagle over it. As mentioned previously, one side is engraved with the Captain's name. Maker marked "HILBORN HAMBURGER INC NEW YORK". The front of the spine is engraved "GERMANY" so obviously the New York firm imported the German made blade. The back spine is engraved "USMC SERIAL NO 323". Black leather tassel is in just about perfect shape. The only negative is that one inset star is missing from one side of the handle. This is a part that can be found without much trouble. The scabbard is very clean with only two small oxidation blisters that do not detract much if anything. Two of the four screws attaching the drag to the scabbard shell are missing but these could also be easily replaced and are really not noticeable except on close inspection. The sword bag is also in great shape with no damage. It also carried the New York firm's name and, on the closing flap, are the initials C.L.M. U.S.M.C. Really neat grouping to a USMC officer that was really in the thick of it in Vietnam.