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Old 08-31-2015, 05:11 PM   #1
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Default vietnamese Cammo hat with U.S. CW3 rank

I recently picked this hat up with a lizard pattern cammo jump jacket and a NVA belt.Opinions on the items are appreciated. I am not familiar with Vietnam items , would appreciate opinions on value of items.
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Old 08-31-2015, 05:16 PM   #5
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and an NVA belt .
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Old 09-02-2015, 10:50 PM   #6
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The belt is not the old type used during the war, not sure about the hat, but looks like a warrant officers insignia.
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Old 09-04-2015, 02:29 AM   #7
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Both items are 100% legit.
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Old 09-04-2015, 11:03 PM   #8
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Maybe so, but you have to consider the Vietnamese still pump these out even today , and having had quite a few VC captured belts in my many years of collecting, all of the buckle style like this I have ever owned were hard worn , and didn't have this style belt.
Not saying it couldn't, but now that the war has been over for 40 years, I don't trust much of the nam period items unless the items have some verifiable provenance.
For example I have seen Recent photos of stores in the street in VN with pith helmets and items by the hundreds if not more, so the point I guess is that one must be careful trying to collect nam period items today.
Maybe there is something you know I don't about the belt , but in my day of collecting nothing I ever found VC was minty. So I guess best thing to do is say nice belt, and bow out gracefully.
If you care to mention the story about how these items were found it may be interesting to hear, but many seem to feel where things are found are like big secrets . To me it's helpful to learn as it makes the items more endearing than no story at all, the story of the find helps others to stimulate their hunting skills and get them out there to see what may be right down the street or even next door.
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I'm with Beezman both items are real and wartime.
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Old 09-05-2015, 01:27 AM   #10
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The cap is a beauty! Not an expert on the belt but likewise, most of the VC/NVA stuff does appear to have been used or well worn. That's not to say that a period belt couldn't have been picked up mint at a captured supply cache and then brought back to be put in a storage trunk in ConUS for the next 50 years. Stuff like this in the tropics, unless special care was taken, would tend to deteriorate faster.
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Old 09-05-2015, 07:53 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the replies. These items came out of the estate of a 40 yr Army vet. The man who owned them was a retired CW5 and served during the war as a pilot. I have really no questions of the authenticity of the items, although I do appreciate all of the comments. I know nothing of the rarity or value of out of the ordinary Vietnam related items. Thanks again.
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Old 09-05-2015, 09:30 AM   #12
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Here is a similar belt for sale on ebay, in used condition:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/b4735-Vietna...-/381189547089

I doubt it will sell for $95 though.
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Old 09-07-2015, 03:44 PM   #13
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That hat's a beauty!

Yours, Guy.
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Old 04-24-2019, 06:01 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the replies. These items came out of the estate of a 40 yr Army vet. The man who owned them was a retired CW5 and served during the war as a pilot. I have really no questions of the authenticity of the items, although I do appreciate all of the comments. I know nothing of the rarity or value of out of the ordinary Vietnam related items. Thanks again.
Kurt
Not doubting he was a Army pilot, there is the confusion of why he did not have his wings sewn on the hat. The wings denoted that he was in the aviation branch of service because there were several branches that had warrants.
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