Original U.S. Vietnam War Kit Carson Scout Phoenix Program Personal Named Set
Original Items: One-of-a-kind set. This came to us from a Military museum in Missouri. Why they released, we don't know but if search Wikipedia for the Phoenix Program the things these guys got up to is simply harrowing.
Basically all the "Kit Carson" Scouts were former Viet Cong fighters who had changed sides to fight with the Americans. It is recorded that 230 of these scouts were killed and 716 wounded during the war. General Westmoreland blessed the program in September 1967.
This particular Kit Carson Scout was named THANH LONG and he was K.I.A. (Killed in Action).
The display, nicely laid out in a shadow box contains the following:
Two photographs of the scout, one with another American soldier.
Two identification cards with photographs and printed scans of the reverse of each card.
Two sets of his DOG TAGS named to Thanh Long.
Cloth badge arm Insignia.
Vietnamese enameled unit badge.
Original K-Bar style fighting knife in original leather scabbard.
Presentation "individually named" Kit Carson scout dagger that we were told he was awarded posthumously.
All this is attractively displayed but unfortunately represents a very dark period in U.S. military history.
We urge you to look at Wikipedia under "Phoenix Program to see what these units actually were used for. This should really make you think. In view of the Senate Intelligence committee's recent torture report this is a very topical subject. Just as we received it with slightly smudged title card.
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