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Original U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam War Identified Sergeant Wool Gabardine Coat with Medals and Honorable Discharge and Portrait

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Original Item: Only One Available. Wonderful condition USMC United States Marine Corps Dress Blue wool coat that belonged to SGT (E-5) CARL LYNN MCMILLIAN 2366905 who was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps on March 10th, 1970. His original Honorable Discharge is included with this jacket.

Also included is what appears to be an airbrushed painting on fabric (canvas?) that may very well have been made in country during the Vietnam War.

The coat is offered in excellent condition with original label that reads:

100% WOOL

The sleeves of the jacket bear Sergeant chevrons while the front has four medal bars featuring 21 medals all of which appear to be genuine military issue and not reproductions. Medals of interest include a Purple Heart, Marine Good Conduct;

Vietnam Service Medal: Instituted by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1665 to all those who served in the Vietnam theater including Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. It is also awarded to those who participated in the Evacuation of Saigon after it fell and was captured by North Korea. The ribbon is authorized for three devices: the arrowhead device, a service (campaign) star, and a Fleet Marine Force combat operation insignia. The Fleet Marine Force insignia is for Navy personnel assigned to a Marine Corps unit during combat.

RVN Campaign Medal with 1960 Device: The medal has been used in the First Indochina War from March 1949 to July 1954, and the Second Indochina War from March 1966 to the end of Vietnamese War. For the Vietnam War the medal was awarded by the Vietnamese government to members of the South Vietnamese military and members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The medal has multiple clasps, or devices, denoting the year of service. The medal with the 1960 clasp signifies involvement in the Vietnam War.

Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Palm: Also known as the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross, or Vietnam Cross of Gallantry this was instituted by the former government of South Vietnam in August of 1950. Recipients were awarded for valor and heroic action in combat with the enemy. There are four versions of the Gallantry Cross which have different attachment devices on the medal. The different versions are Gallantry Cross with Palm, Gallantry Cross with Silver Star, with Gallantry Cross with Gold Star, and Gallantry Cross with Bronze Star.

Republic Of Vietnam Wound Medal. The Republic of Vietnam Wound Medal (Vietnamese: Chiến-Thương Bội-Tinh) was a military decoration of South Vietnam first created in 1953. The medal was the South Vietnamese equivalent of the United States military's Purple Heart, and was awarded to any personnel of the South Vietnamese military who, while engaged in armed combat with enemies of the Republic of Vietnam, were either wounded or killed in action. During the Vietnam War, the Wound Medal was often issued to Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) personnel for combat wounds received fighting the forces of North Vietnam or the Vietcong. The medal was seldom bestowed upon members of allied militaries such as the United States military and then only if the allied soldier in question was attached and under the direct command of a South Vietnamese unit.For service members of the United States military, the Wound Medal is not authorized for wear on a military uniform. With the fall of South Vietnam in 1975, the Wound Medal became obsolete.

Various other medals are also included as rifle expert and pistol expert qualification badges. 1st Marine Division Guadalcanal patch to left shoulder and a white canvas dress belt with gilt buckle are also included. The belt has been cut down for display purposes.

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