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#1 Dan D

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 08:44 AM

Thought this might be of interest to some of you.

This is the presentation rifle presented to my father from a fellow Airborne Artillery Lt. Col. for coming in via helicopter to eradicate tree top snipers that had one of his platoons pinned downed. The rifle is interesting as you can see the burned finger marks of this right handed sniper on the stock of the rifle. All numbers matching. As my father was in the copter and fired the rocket he also received the The Air Medal for his actions.

This is proudly displayed in the bunker with all his other memorabilia from 38 years served and 3 wars (WWII, Korea & Viet Nam).

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#2 Dan D

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 08:48 AM

Thought this might be of interest to some of you.

This is the presentation rifle presented to my father from a fellow Airborne Artillery Lt. Col. for coming in via helicopter to eradicate tree top snipers that had one of his platoons pinned downed. The rifle is interesting as you can see the burned finger marks of this right handed sniper on the stock of the rifle. As my father was in the copter and fired the rocket he also received the The Air Medal for his actions.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 08:52 AM

burn area up close

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:54 AM

Dan

Super SKS.Thanks for posting.

#5 m1ashooter

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:02 AM

Very nice.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:02 AM

I will echo the sentiments of my friend Ron. GREAT rifle!

#7 mhk

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:08 AM

Thats a great piece.
Thanks for showing

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:23 AM

Also looks like a US issue general purpose strap was used for a sling

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 11:51 AM

Also looks like a US issue general purpose strap was used for a sling



Correct... you can see the remnants of the original strap in the first photo. here's a better photo.

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#10 Dan D

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 12:01 PM

Air Medal Award

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 12:16 PM

Great Presentation SKS.Robert

#12 Dan D

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 12:44 PM

a few more photos

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 12:45 PM

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 12:45 PM

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 12:53 PM

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 01:00 PM

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 01:01 PM

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 01:01 PM

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 01:02 PM

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 01:04 PM

Last photo.... thanks for looking and your positive comments.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 06:28 PM

wowzer! Everything about this rifle is amazing; the personal connection to your father and his service, the eerie hand print on the scorched handguard, the presentation placquard, and the medal citation. Simply an outstanding bit of history, both personal and military, in your collection. :thumbsup:
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Posted 04 August 2012 - 06:37 PM

] Nice trophy rifle and neat Id and story.

Here's a trophy 1960 dated T-53 rifle given under almost similar circumstances.

It was given to 1st Lt Carl White, USMC, by the 2nd Rifle Battalion, Vietnamese Marines for his part in assistance on the night of 27, May 1968 at Cholon. Lt White and his assistant called in an air strike asssisting the Vietnamese Marines during the Tet offensive. The rifle has blood pitting from not cleaning the blood off after. Right after the action Lt. White was shot between the eyes/head in through the helmet near the end of the action with the third rd of a three rd AK47 burst fired by a North Vietnamese sgt who had been with the VC as a sniper and advisor. The bullet pentrated the front of his helmet and was partly stopped by his helmet liner welding a dime size piece of fiber glass to his skull the bullet passing to the side. He suffered a concussion, broken nose and two black eyes, but later lost most of the vison in his left eye.
The Helmet now resides in the Marine Museum in Va.

I posted the story and photos on my display thread here on pg 20. http://www.usmilitar...d...t=0&start=0

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:05 PM

Just a beautiful rifle, a great story and a father to be proud of!! :salute:

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 07:35 AM

That's true history. Your dad sounds like he was one heck of a soldier! Thanks for keeping the history of his sacrifices alive, and for sharing them with us.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 01:57 PM

Dan, that is one of the most fantastic presentation groupings that I've seen. I'm a Vietnam collector, primarily sniper rifles but really any VC/NVA items. There's a lot of presentations out there but almost all have lost the history. It is also one of the most unusual I have seen, with the unique burn marks on this early Chinese sks. I have a NVA sun helmet with napalm burn marks on the crown and it always gives me pause when I look at it...

This group a great honor to your father, and as one vet to another please thank him for his service..


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