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[Vietnam War]

North Vietnamese Army Officer Identification Booklets to the Same Officer


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One of the most rare of NVA collectibles is an ID Booklet.  They are the most personal of effects.  These were both issued to the same NVA officer who was a Captain.

Early ones had a plain brown cardboard cover. Later versions had a pink plastic booklet with the NVA emblem embossed on the exterior.  Both versions had the NVA badge printed in color inside.

The name, rank, date of birth and date of entry into the PAVN are noted.

This first booklet, with a brown cardboard cover, was issued to him in 1959 in Hanoi. It appears he was promoted in April 1958 as there is a 1957 entry. His branch was infantry because there are no ciphers on his collar tabs.  Another entry in the book is 1963.  He was born in 1926.

The second book with plastic cover was issued in 1966.  He was issued a K54 Pistol in 1968.  The serial number is noted.

ID booklets were not supposed to have been carried South so they are exceedingly rare, especially officer ranks.

They would have been carried wrapped in some waterproof material as they would have easily been smudged or fallen apart when wet.

I have only owned a handful of these.  Do not pass up the opportunity to own the hold grail of NVA collecting!

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