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Hampton Roads Naval Museum

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<p>Riverines page 71 artifact</p>
Caption: This propaganda sign was captured by Sailors in the Mobile Riverine Force. It translates: "(1) the the military brothers, don't listen to the American Soldiers. (2) Punji sticks* are for the Americans, don't go in. (3) The military who kills the Americans is patriotic." *Punji sticks are sharpened spears of bamboo planted in the ground. (On loan from Naval History and Heritage Command)

<p>Riverines page 72-73 artifact</p>
Caption: The crew of PBR 105 used these charts to navigate the Mekong Delta in 1967 and 1968. The boat's navigator wrote hand-written notations. One crewman remembered features like a "litty bitty canal that you can't turn around in. You know that's not a good idea." (Gift from Larry Weatherall)

<p>Riverines page 75 artifact</p>
Caption: The advent of divisional shoulder sleeve insignia in World War I made uniform patches a popular item for military personnel to collect and add to their uniforms. During the Vietnam War, military personnel would sketch a design on paper and drop it off at one of the Vietnamese shops, which would create and print the patch in just a few days. Lieutenant Ron Wolin, the first commanding officer of River Section 534, designed this uniform patch himself, remembering, "A tailor shop made about 300 and I gave three to four to every Sailor." (On loan from Ronald Wolin)
Published: Thu May 06 02:21:05 EDT 2021