Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Vietnamese Navy Seahorse Insignia Cover

It is rare for me to come across a new insignia on a South Vietnamese military cover these days, but every now and then I am pleasantly surprised. 

This cover has several things going for it (in addition to the lovely mint paper color):
  1. Crisp military insignia and name of the ship in the corner card
  2. Triangular officer KBC cachet with the HQ number
  3. It was sent between military KBC postal zones
HQ-14 was the hull number of the Van Kiep II, a Patrol Craft Escort of World War II vintage, formerly the USS Amherst and acquired by the Vietnamese Navy in 1970. At the end of the Vietnam War she regrouped with other naval vessels near Con Son Island, then made her way to Subic Bay on May 8, 1975. She later resurfaced under the Philippine Navy.

While the postmark is illegible, the enclosed letter dates the usage as June 1974. The letter was sent  from a naval officer to the Naval Medical Facility in Saigon at KBC 4595.

You can view more military covers with insignia on my website.

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