Picked this up on a recent roadtrip to Tucson (for the Naval Airship Assoc. reunion). It must be bronze based on the considerable weight (over five pounds even though it's only 9.5 inches wide).
Mine Division 112 was part of the brown water Navy during the Vietnam war and you can read about them at http://www.minedivis...12/The_MSB.html That page also has links to lots of photos.
My best guess is that this plaque was mounted on the wall at Mine Div 112 headquarters in Nha Be. The Water Mine Warfare in South Vietnam history at http://www.history.n...nesouthviet.htm says, "on 20 May 1966 the Navy established Mine Squadron 11, Detachment Alpha (Mine Division 112 after May 1968) at Nha Be. The minesweeping detachment operated 12 or 13 57-foot, fiberglass-hulled minesweeping boats (MSB). The MSBs fought with machine guns and grenade launchers and carried surface radars and minesweeping gear for clearing explosives from the rivers."
The unit was decommissioned in 1970.
Vietnam Brown Water Navy Mine Unit Plaque
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