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1955
VIETNAM SERVICE
1962-65

18th AVN CO VIET NAM
LIWA Co

FELCO
25 JEWEL
4004
MANUAL & AUTOMATIC
INCABLOC
WRIST WATCH

WITH

NEW DOUBLE
CONTRAST STITCHED
AND
PADDED
CHRONOGRAPH
LEATHER STRAP


34 X 44 MM W/O CROWN


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On the 23 December, 1961, the Pentagon sent orders moving the 18th AVN CO from Ft. Riley, Kansas to Southeast Asia; destination Nha Trang,Vietnam. 

From 1962 through 1971, the 18th Aviation Company would operate under combat conditions, through monsoon rains , over some of the worlds most extensive mountainous and jungle covered terrain that of Vietnam.

It was during this time, from 1962-1964, that the 18th AVN CO would become indespensible to the FIRST USA COMBAT TROOPS to operate in Viet Nam: the USA Special Forces [Green Beret] headquartered in Nha Trang.

To view their extraordinary heroism and sacrifices of the 18 AVN CO please visit the:

18 AVIATION COMPANY WEBSITE

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A BRIF HISTORY OF THE YEARS 1961-1965 WHEN THE FIRST US COMBAT FORCES IN VIETNAM WERE MAINLY SPECIAL FORCES - IE: GREEN BERETS   

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FRENCH INDOCHINA Vs VIETNAM:

Before WWII , the French colonized Indochina.[Cambodia Laos Vietnam]. After the outbreak of WWII, the Japanese invaded Indochina but allowed the French to continue to Govern. In 1945 the Japanese, fearing US  invasion, rounded up the French and the French "puppet government " and locked them up in what amounted to concentration camps. During this time, with US assistance, Vietnamese organized guerrilla units to harrase the Japanese.

At the conclusion of WWII -1945- the French moved back into Vietnam. which led to the French Indochina War --and eventually the halving of Vietnam into South Vietnam [Republic of Chochinchina],   under French control, and North Vietnam, eventually under Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh Nationalists-- Communists.

With the defeat of China's Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist Army  in 1949 by the Chinese Communists, the US stepped up support for opposition groups through out Asia.    When war breaks out in Korea in 1950, with China jumping in, the US stepped up support for the French in Vietnam fearing a domino effect.

When both China and Russia recognized Ho Chi Minh's Democratic Republic of    Vietnam and the Viet Minh Nationalists defeated the French in 1954, the US with UN Support, assisted in the establishment of a government in South Vietnam. By 1959, US military support by way of cash, arms and advisers were stepped up. In fact, the first US casualties in Vietnam occurred in 1959 when two U.S. military advisers, Maj. Dale Buis and Sgt. Chester Ovnand, were killed by Viet Minh guerrillas at Bien Hoa, South Vietnam.

( SEARCH: DIEN BEN PHU. A HISTORIC INCREDIBLE STORY OF THE FRENCH SPECIAL FORCES & THE COMING OF AGE OF GENERAL GIAP AND THE VIET MINH )

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U.S. SPECIAL FORCES & CIDG IN SOUTH VIETNAM:
( Civilian Irregular Defense Group )

In April of 1960, the 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces WWII Airborne was reconstituted.

The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) was officially activated in September of 1961 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, &, With the support of President Kennedy, RECEIVED PERMISSION TO WEAR THE GREEN BERET....

By 1962, elements of the 5th Special Forces Group began serving 6 month temporary tours of duty in Vietnam with a mission to advise and train the ARVN & ARVN SP -Vietnamese Special Forces, assist in building relationships with villagers, building schools,  infirmaries,  providing medical treatment, and creating Civilian Irregular Defense Groups in the villages and hamlets to combat the Viet Cong

[Viet Cong = guerrilla fighters in South Vietnam supported and directed by the North Vietnamese / "Viet Minh"- Viet Minh = Vietnam Independence League].

(To better understand what the mission was in 1962, Rent that famous 1968 movie " Green Beret "  starring John Wayne with its hit Green Beret soundtrack).

While Vietnamese Villagers were recruited into CIDG's, the Special Forces began to recruit the largest minority group in Vietnam: the Montagnard.

(To better understand rent  the 1979 movie "Apocalypse Now" Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. With Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen & Robert Duvall.

The Montagnard was not an individual TRIBE or SINGLE peoples, rather, it was a term loosely applied to over 100 separate tribes constituting up to one million indigenous primitive mountain people scattered throughout Indochina. They lived in a tribal society that centered their livelihood and way of life on the village and slash-and-burn agriculture; setting them apart from the Vietnamese who inhabited the lowlands.

Though there were unique differences amongst the Montagnard peoples and villages,    the Montagnards as a whole had an ingrained hatred for the Vietnamese and an a historical desire to be independent and thus, they were more than likly candidates for the US Special Forces.

During the French Indochina War, both sides, the French, and the Viet Minh, worked to win the Montagnards to their side because they occupied territory of strategic value to what had initially become an insurgency

[(French Indochina: Cambodia Laos Vietnam)- but the term Indochina originally included all areas that were influenced by Indian & Chinese Influance. IE:    Cambodia Laos Vietnam Peninsular Malaysia Myanmar (Burma)  Singapore & Thailand (Siam)]

In 1961, it was estimated that twenty-nine tribes with nearly 200,000 peoples of different cultural characteristic and linguistic patterns lived in villages within the borders of South Vietnam.

The first "TRIBE"  to be approached to participate in the CIDG program were the Rhade. The Rhade, numbering around 100,000,  were the most influential and strategically located of the Montagnard tribes in the highlands of Vietnam. Though the largest concentration of Rhade were centered around the village of Ban Me Thuot in Darlac Province, they also had villages in  Quang Due, Phu Yen, and Khanh Hoa Provinces.

By April of 1962, a twelve-man U.S. Special Forces A detachment , with the assistance of the U.S. & Vietnamese Special Forces,  incorporated forty Rhade villages into the CIDG ( Civilian Irregular Defense Group ) program.

By June of 1963, the U.S. Special Forces had trained  close to 11,000 strike force and 40,000 hamlet militia from over 800 villages in border surveillance and mountain scout programs, which included ambushes, reconnaissance patrols, and combat patrols.   With enough strike force troops, they switched from training to military operations against the Viet Cong..

By 1964, the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, with an authorized strength of 1,297, expanded their organization to face the new mission head on -- to seek out and destroy the Viet Cong. This direct confrontation required a change of troop commitment from a 6 montn temporary deployment to a one-year permanent change of station.

Before the massive commitment of  U.S. conventional forces to South Vietnam in 1965/66, the U.S. Special Forces conducted counterinsurgency programs to destroy the Viet Cong, create secure environments and assist in establishing governmental control over the population--which included enlisting the Vietnam villagers active support of government's programs.

By 1965 full deployment was completed with the main operational base headquartered at Nha Trang, and operational units deployed throughout South Vietnam to 270 established and manned camps and  locations. From these locations, the forces of the civilian irregular defense groups, including the Montagnards, as well as the regular units of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Vietnam were trained and led.

Though the 5th Special Forces Group Airborne was one of the smallest units during the entire Vietnam War,it's soldiers were among the highest decorated -- which included seventeen Medal  Medals of Honor,-- and gathered twenty campaign streamers to their Colors.


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ORIGINAL SIGNED DIAL
LIWACO
21 JEWELS
18th AVN CO VIET NAM 62

THE OFFICER WHOM OWNED THIS 1955
LIWACO FELSA AUTOMATIC HAD
THE DIAL SIGNED IN 1962 SIGNIFYING
HIS VIET NAM SERVICE WHEN
HE WAS IN COUNTRY. 

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THOUGH THE DIAL HAS 21 JEWELS, THE MOVEMENT
IS ACTUALLY THE ORIGINAL 25 JEWEL FELSA
THAT WAS MADE IN 1955, 


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RED NUMBERED DATE RING
DATE WORKS AS IT SHOULD

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NEW AWESOME VINTAGE STYLE
DOUBLE CONTRAST STITCHED
&
PADDED
TAN COLOR LONG LEATHER STRAP

FITS UP TO 8 INCH

 

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GOLD COLORED DIAL
WITH ATTACHED SILVER ROPE RING



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SIZE LONG LUXURY STRAP

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CASE SIGNED
WATERPROOF
INCABLOC
[SHOCK PROTECTED BALANCE]
AUTOMATIC
STAINLESS STEEL BACK



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THIS WATCH IS AWESOME

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SETS AND RUNS LIKE NEW

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25 JEWEL OVERHAULED FELSA 4004 MOVEMENT


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SWISS
FELSA

4004
1955

Features
automatic
sweep second
date: set by changing 21-24h

Data
11.5''', Dm= 26mm
H= 5.55mm
25 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 44h


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CONDITION WATCH:
EXCELLENT  -  RUNS EXCELLENT

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All items are shipped 2 day air w/signature & insurance from Suwanee, Georgia for a flat fee of 15.00, GSW has to charge that fee due to eBay taking up to 10% of the actual shipping fee of 25.00 when shipping is included in price. International Clients pay a flat 25.00 for registered w/signature & insurance and are responsible for any CUSTOM FEES, DUTIES, AND/OR TAXES.

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UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE all watches offered by GSW have been SERVICED. Some required REPAIR AND RESTORATION! Normal Servicing of Mechanical Watches by an EXPERT PROFESSIONAL will run between $180.00 to 580.00, depending on the complication of the movement and that is WITHOUT parts that may be required. SERVICING means DISASSEMBLING THE ENTIRE WATCH AND MOVEMENT, CLEANING SAME, OILING, LUBING AND REASSEMBLING, timing and Sealing. RESTORATION is a separate service from SERVICING and may include CRYSTAL, DIAL, HANDS, CASE, LUGS and BAND. So, WHEN YOU VIEW VINTAGE AND CLASSIC WATCHES OFFERED BY OTHER VENDORS/DEALERS, the question is: WAS THE WATCH SERVICED?


All watches, from mechanical to quartz devices, require periodic cleaning and inspection. GSW provides both cleaning and repair services with our main specialty that of restoring and repairing classic & vintage watches. GSW has established parts accounts with the oldest watch parts houses in the world as well as a network of watch dealers and repair centers around the world. GSW also provides dial restoration services. In addition to servicing new, vintage & classic watches, we also service high grade wristwatches. Think of your watch as you would a fine automobile, it is worth maintaining as it will increase your pleasure of ownership and also enhance the resale or trade-in value. If you plan on passing your watch on to the next generation, skilled periodic maintenance will be greatly appreciated in the future. Visit our studio gallery online for info on restoring or repairing your watch and call for 50% discounts from our advertised pricing!