Here are some antique Identification Cards issued by the U.S. Army Provost Marshal, Yongsan Garrison, Camp Humphreys (K-6), Department of Defense (US Navy, Vietnam). Also included are some business cards of Nam Sang-so, architect/engineer (born in December 1933), US Army issued driving permit for 3/4 ton military truck, and International Driving Permit issued by the Government of South Vietnam in 1966.
The Noncombatant’s Certificate of Identity issued by the Department of Defense, United States of America #N114644 (OICC RVN) dated 18 February 1966 in Saigon, Vietnam reads on the back page as follows:
Note: The bearer of this card is a civilian noncombatant serving with the Armed Forces of the United States, whose signature photograph and finger prints appear hereon. If the bearer of this card shall fall into the hands of the enemies of the United States he shall at once show this card to the detaining authorities to assist in his identification. If the bearer is detained he is entitled to be given the same treatment and afforded the same privileges as an individual in the grade, rate or rank of the military service of the United States indicated below, with any and all the rights to which such personnel are entitled under all applicable treaties, agreements and established practice of nations.
Assimilated grade, rate or rank: CPO (Chief Perry Officer)
Military Service: U.S. Navy
The combat zones in South Vietnam this writer has visited for the performance of architectural/engineering services for the United States Navy (Sea Bees) include; Mekong Delta area, Qui Nhon and Nah Trang Bases, Vung Tau, Tan Son Nhut and Bien Hoa Air Bases, An Khe Air Base, Long Bihh, Bin Thuy, Tuy Hoa, Cam Rahn, Vin Long and Chu Lai, so on.
The US Navy allowed us noncombatants to carry, who wanted to carry an arm in the war zones, a 9mm SIG-P220 double action handgun or a short barreled shoulder holder machine gun, with enough ammunition. Our Filipinos engineers all jumped to the machine gun, but I didn’t – it’s too heavy to carry around under the scorching sun in the jungle and you can’t run fast enough in your escape.
Nam Sang-so, Korean War navy veteran, Seoul, January 15, 2017