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My bring back is a Chicom Type 53 Dated 1960, Factory 26. There are no matching numbers which is no suprise as the Viet Cong often switched parts as needed. I never saw a clean weapon with matching numbers while i was in the Nam from 1967-1968 with the 1st Squadron,
4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division. Along with the weapon is his uniform (Black Pajamas),money MPC and VN Dong, all paperwork including American Embassy Export License, Provost Marshal Cleared for Conus, DD603 Registration of War Trophy and DD603-1 War Trophy Registration Authorization. If you remember the first Gulf War there was a general who gave a briefing almost every day on the war, General Thomas W. Kelly, He was the Operations Officer of my unit in the Nam. He also signed my War Trophy Registration although he was Major Kelly at that time. (See Attachments) Thanks for letting me post. ssg vietnam
 

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maybe the best first post I have seen here. That's a family treasure that belongs in a museum.

Thanks for your service and welcome home, Staff Sergeant.
 

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maybe the best first post I have seen here. That's a family treasure that belongs in a museum.

Thanks for your service and welcome home, Staff Sergeant.
Yes indeed. :thumbsup:
 

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That M44 come with blued bolt ?
Never ran into a VC with DONG.... it was worthless in South Viet Nam as the Piaster was the currency
and VC were southerners. MPC...it was everywhere.

Papers and rifle: correct. They can stand by themselves .
 

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Welcome to the forum! And thanks for your service!
 

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THIS IS REPLY TO milprileb It's not an M44, these are clones manufactured by the Chinese starting in 1953, thus the name Type53. As for the bolt it is not blued it's just the lighting and some dark spots. The Dong was the South Vietnams currency from 1953 to 1968, thats when i was there 1967-68. Thanks for your comments. ssg vietnam
 

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It's not an M44, these are clones manufactured by the Chinese starting in 1953, thus the name Type53. As for the bolt it is not blued it's just the lighting and some dark spots. The Dong was the South Vietnams currency from 1953 to 1968, thats when i was there 1967-68. Thanks for your comments. ssg vietnam
Welcomes to the forums, and what a great first post.

As for the type 54; well that is just the Chinese designation for a m44. Its still technically a m44, produced on soviet machinery; at least at first.



http://www.mosinnagant.net/global mosin nagants/Chinese-T53Carbine.asp
 

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The Type 53 is a Chinese M44. I brought one back too.

The DONG is North Vietnamese currency and always has been.

THe Piaster is the South Vietnamese currency during the American involvement in Viet Nam War. After fall
of SVN, the DONG became the national currency.

Your weapons is what it is and a bring back well documented. The DONG... recommend you do your
home work. The fact you served speaks well of you.
 

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The Type 53 is a Chinese M44. I brought one back too.

The DONG is North Vietnamese currency and always has been.

THe Piaster is the South Vietnamese currency during the American involvement in Viet Nam War. After fall
of SVN, the DONG became the national currency.

Your weapons is what it is and a bring back well documented. The DONG... recommend you do your
home work. The fact you served speaks well of you.
New to me...I was in S Vietnam 1966/68 and I spent plenty of money with "DONG" on it. Sure the money was called "piaster" (Piastre, a French word, not Vietnamese) even just "pee" (P) for short but I know every coin said DONG.

Dong/Piaster same-same Dollar/Buck/Greenback to me. Three coins I brought back in 1976..SOUTH Vietnamese coins!
 

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Very interesting items. Is the shirt pullover or button? It is very unusual, given the type of collar. And the pants look to be VC main force type. Thanks for sharing your bringbacks, and thanks for your service.
 
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