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Vietnamese Army Unit 1953

Mail sent from Vietnamese units under French command after World War II was typically struck with a POSTE AUX ARMEES / T.O.E. cancel leftover from World War II. Cancels sometimes included a B.P.M. (Bureau Postal Militarie, or Military Post Office) number

This cover was sent by a second lieutenant located in the town of Le Thuy of Dong Hoi province (just north of the DMZ) to serve in a battalion.

Note the French ‘Vaguemestre’ Secteur Postale hand stamp with 4digit number KBC number

KBC 4776 represented a Vietnamese army unit referred to as “Cu Tram,” the name of its Vietnamese battalion commander.

In the enclosed letter the sender mentions visiting his home village and finding it desolated, save for women, children and old men. During this time young men either joined the French to fight the Viet Minh or the other way around. No one could afford not to take a side.

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