|Date/Report Number:.011615:VMW-MARINES-162 Item: HAND MADE IN VIETNAM KNIFE BY MARINE JULIO RIVERA,|
|Description of item:
RARE ONE OF A KIND, HAND MADE IN VIETNAM BY MARINE JULIO
RIVERA, USED DURING THE 1968 TET OFFENSIVE. MILITARY KNIFE COMPOSED OF STEEL,
BRASS, ALUMINUM, WITH INCOUNTRY SCABBARD OF LEATHER AND FUR. CONDITION FINE.
Estimated Retail Replacement Value $1585.00
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THE VIETNAM HISTORY CONCERNING THIS HAND MADE IN
VIETNAM BY SGT. JULIO RIVERA
INCLUDES THE STORIES AND ARTIFACTS YOU WILL DISCOVER BY CLICKING THE LINKS TO
MILITARYWATCHBOX.COM & GOLDSMITHWATCHWORKS.COM
ABOVE VIETNAM SERVICE ZODIAC SEA WOLF WITH VIETNAM ERA LEATHER
CUFF AND A VIETNAM INSCRIBED IN COUNTRY LIGHTER IT WAS PART OF
ANOTHER IN COUNTRY COLLECTION.
BELOW ARE LINKS TO MWB & GSW PAGES REPRESENTING THE HISTORY
AND THIS PIECE WHICH WAS MADE BEFORE THE TET OFFENSIVE
The name of the offensive comes from the holiday, the Vietnamese New Year, when the first major attacks took place.
The communists launched a wave of attacks in the late night hours of 30th of January in the I and II Corps Tactical Zones of South Vietnam. This early attack did not lead to widespread defensive measures. When the main communist operation began the next morning the offensive was countrywide and well coordinated, eventually more than 80,000 communist troops striking more than 100 towns and cities, including 36 of 44 provincial capitals, five of the six autonomous cities, 72 of 245 district towns, and the southern capital. The offensive was the largest military operation conducted by either side up to that point in the war.
The initial attacks stunned the US and South Vietnamese armies and caused them to temporarily lose control of several cities, but they quickly regrouped to beat back the attacks, inflicting massive casualties on communist forces. During the Battle of Hu?, intense fighting lasted for a month resulting in the destruction of the city by US forces. During their occupation, the communists executed thousands of people in the Massacre at Hu?. Around the US combat base at Khe Sanh fighting continued for two more months. Although the offensive was a military defeat for the communists, it had a profound effect on the US government and shocked the US public, which had been led to believe by its political and military leaders that the communists were, due to previous defeats, incapable of launching such a massive effort.
The term "Tet offensive" usually refers to the JanuaryFebruary 1968 offensive, but it can also include the so-called "Mini-Tet" offensives that took place in May and August.
The United States and the Vietnam War § Search and destroy, the strategy of attrition.
THIS IS PERHAPS ONE OF ROCK'S MOST MAGNIFICENT WEAPONS FIND; A 12 INCH KNIFE HAND MADE FROM BEER CANS, ARTILLERY SHELL, AND STEEL FROM DAMAGED ARMOR IN VIETNAM
ROCK BECAME OWNER OF THIS KNIFE WHEN HE WAS DISCHARGED AND WENT HOME TO N.Y. ONCE HOME HE LOOKED UP SOME OF HIS FRIENDS WHO ENLISTED AND HAD RETURNED. IT WAS NOT LONG THAT HE HEARD THAT JULIO RIVERA, A LONG TIME FRIEND FROM SPANISH HARLEM, HAD BEEN DISCHARGED.
IT IS SIGNED BIEN HOA 1969
JULIO WAS ALWAYS THE ARTIST AND LEARNED METAL WORKING BY 16 YEARS OF AGE. HE WOULD FIX DINGS AND DANGS ON CARS FROM A STREET CORNER, EVERY ONE GOT ON HIS CASE CAUSE HE CARRIED SMALL HEATING/WELDING TANKS WITH HIM. HE WAS DRAFTED A FEW YEARS BEFORE ROCK ENLISTED .
For more details on operations around the Combat Base, see Battle of Khe Sanh.
The attack on Khe Sanh, which began on 21 January before the other offensives, may have been intended to serve two purposesas a real attempt to seize the position or as a diversion to draw American attention and forces away from the population centers in the lowlands, a deception that was "both plausible and easy to orchestrate.In General Westmoreland's view, the purpose of the Combat Base was to provoke the North Vietnamese into a focused and prolonged confrontation in a confined geographic area, one which would allow the application of massive U.S. artillery and air strikes that would inflict heavy casualties in a relatively unpopulated region By the end of 1967, MACV had moved nearly half of its maneuver battalions to I Corps in anticipation of just such a battle.
Westmorelandand the American media, which covered the action extensivelyoften made inevitable comparisons between the actions at Khe Sanh and the Battle of Ði?n Biên Ph?, where a French base had been besieged and ultimately overrun by Viet Minh forces under the command of General Giáp during the First Indochina War Westmoreland, who knew of Nguyen Chi Thanh's penchant for large-scale operationsbut not of his deathbelieved that this was going to be an attempt to replicate that victory. He intended to stage his own "Dien Bien Phu in reverse.
Khe Sanh and its 6,000 U.S. Marine Corps, Army, and ARVN defenders was surrounded by two to three North Vietnamese divisions, totaling approximately 20,000 men. Throughout the siege, which lasted until 8 April, the allies were subjected to heavy mortar, rocket, and artillery bombardment, combined with sporadic small-scale infantry attacks on outlying positions. With the exception of the overrunning of the U.S. Special Forces camp at Lang Vei, however, there was never a major ground assault on the base and the battle became largely a duel between American and North Vietnamese artillerists, combined with massive air strikes conducted by U.S. aircraft. By the end of the siege, U.S Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy aircraft had dropped 39,179 tons of ordnance in the defense of the base.
NO BUFFING OR SHARPENING
SO, ROCK DECIDED TO HOOK UP WITH JULIO RIVERA ON 125TH ST, BUT, IT WAS NOT LONG BEFORE HE REALIZED JULIO WAS ADDICTED TO HEROINE. HE HAD ALL THE TEL-TALE SIGNS, RUNNY NOSE, ITCHING, HE LOOKED TERRIBLE, ROCK FELT BAD BUT HE WANTED TO, LIKE, RUN IN ANOTHER DIRECTION CAUSE HE FELT BAD AND KNEW IT WAS SHOWING.
HAS A 7 X 1.5 INCH BLADE
TO MAKE THIS SHORT JULIO ASKED FOR 25 BUCKS. ROCK, NOT KNOWING WHAT TO DO, REACHED IN HIS POCKET TO GET A FEW BUCKS WHEN JULIO BROUGHT OUT THE KNIFE IN SCABBARD AND TOLD HOW HE BUILT IN IN THE NAM. AS HE SPOKE ROCK KNEW IF HE DID NOT ACCEPT THE KNIFE IT WOULD HURT JULIO SO HE GAVE HIM 5 TWENTY DOLLAR BILLS AND TOOK THE KNIFE.
SCABBARD HAS NATURAL LEATHER, FUR AND COPPER WIRE
NOW, THE KNIFE MEANT NOTHING TO ROCK, BUT HE TOOK IT SO JULIO WOULD NOT LOSE FACE. HE NEVER SAW JULIO RIVERA AGAIN. IMAGINE, THE KNIFE, OF ALL THINGS, WAS THE ONLY ITEM TO STAND INTACT FROM THAT DAY IN 1972 UNTIL TODAY.
I WOULD RECOMMEND NOT CLEANING THE
YOU CAN SEE THE ROUGH HAND WORKING
THOUGH THE UNITED STATES ACTIVELY ASSISTED THE FRENCH FROM 1945 TO 1955, AND HAD ADVISORS AND AIR FORCE PERSONAL ACTIVELY INVOLVED, THE US VIETNAM CONFLICT DATES FROM 1959 TO APRIL 30, 1975. DURING THE KENNEDY PRESIDENCY, THE GREEN BERET ORGANIZATION WAS FORMED AND ADVISERS WERE SENT TO ASSIST THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE. THESE "ADVISERS" ACTUALLY FOUGHT ALONG SIDE SOUTH VIETNAMESE SOLDIERS.
SOME GEMS ARE REAL OTHERS ARE NOT
IN 1964, THE NORTH VIETNAMESE ALLEGEDLY FIRED UPON TWO US SHIPS IN THE GULF OF TONKIN. IN RESPONSE TO THE GULF OF TONKIN INCIDENT OF AUGUST 2 & 4 1964, PRESIDENT JOHNSON ESCALATED THE VIETNAM SUPPORT MISSION TO A CONFLICT BY SENDING U.S. GROUND TROOPS TO VIETNAM. IT TOOK 6 MONTHS FOR RESOLUTIONS TO PASS AND THE U.S. MILITARY TO RESPOND. ON MARCH 8, 1965, THE FIRST US TROOPS ARRIVED IN VIETNAM. 3500 U.S. MARINES LANDED NEAR DA NANG.
THIS VIETNAM WAR HAND MADE KNIFE HAS
VERY NICE BALANCED THOUGH YOU COULD
ROCK IS 61 GOING ON 62