Item:
ON11036

Original Vietnam War Republic of Korea 2nd Marine Brigade Presentation Lighter and Plaque

Item Description

Original Items: One-of-a-kind set. This is a presentation zippo style lighter and plaques presented by Brigadier Gneral Lee, Dong Ho of the Republic of Korea 2nd Marine Brigade (Blue Dragon Brigade). The lighter is still retained in the original box and features an inscription and ROK 2nd Marine Brigade insignia to the front. The plaque also features and inscription and the insignia. Bother items are offered in excellent condition.

During the Vietnam War South Korean President Park Chung Hee asked to participate in the Many Flags program and sent military units into Vietnam, despite opposition from both the Assembly and the public. In exchange, the United States agreed to reimburse additional military budgets to South Korea to help modernize its armed forces, totaling about a billion dollars.

The three main units deployed to Vietnam were the ROKMC's Blue Dragon Brigade, ROKA Capital Division and the White Horse Division. Various South Korean special forces units were also deployed. The Republic of Korea Army's Tactical Area of Responsibility was the southern half of the I Corps. The ROKMC was deployed with the I Corps, alongside U.S. Marines.
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