“Once a Marine, Always a Marine”
exemplifies the strong ties that bind America’s elite fighting
force. For more than 225 years, the Corps has forged a legacy
of valor with heroism and sacrifice. It is a fellowship that
connects every U.S. Marine – past, present and future.
In Vietnam, the
United States Marines fought courageously against a determined
and elusive enemy, highly skilled in the art of guerrilla
warfare. They fought fierce battles from Dong Ha to Con Thien,
and from Khe Sanh to Hue City. But because they were Marines,
they pushed forward through every remote village and down
every treacherous city street.
battlefield was an ever-changing tangle of thick forests,
murky swamps and overgrown jungles. Marines on patrol had to
watch for mines, snipers, and primitive, but deadly, booby
traps crafted by the Viet Cong. They were never sure which
“civilian” was actually an assassin in disguise.
Marines fought side by side on foreign shores, in all corners
of the world. From “the halls of Montezuma to the shores of
Tripoli,” from the Delta to the DMZ, the Marines have always
been there when America needed them, upholding their storied
tradition of honor, courage and commitment. The Vietnam War
was the longest war in the history of the Marine Corps. And
those brutal years exacted a high cost, with more than 13,000
Marines killed and 88,000 wounded. We owe a debt to all who
served. We must never forget all of those who sacrificed,
including those who were injured, those who suffered as prisoners of war, and every
warrior who paid the ultimate price fighting for freedom.
is extremely proud to introduce the exclusively issued
Leatherneck Vietnam Tribute Pistol, authorized by the Marine
Corps Association. To honor the legacy of the Marines, we
selected the classic military sidearm of the 20th century: the
Colt® Government Model® .45. Craftsmen commissioned
specifically for this project by America Remembers decorate
each working Colt .45 pistol in sparkling 24-karat gold and
nickel. In magnificent detail, this handsome Tribute pistol
captures the Marine’s time-honored “Esprit de Corps,” that
unmatched spirit of camaraderie and devotion shared by all
Courage of Marines in Vietnam With This Exclusive Offer
Now is your
opportunity to remember all the brave Marines who served
America during the Vietnam War. Only 500 of the Leatherneck
Vietnam Tribute Pistol will ever be produced. Reservations for
the Tribute will be accepted in the order they are received.
Your pistol will be individually numbered, from 001 to 500,
confirming your place among an elite rank of collectors. We
will arrange delivery of your working pistol through a
licensed dealer of your choice. If for any reason it fails to
give you complete satisfaction, just return the Tribute in original unfired
condition within 30 days for a complete and courteous refund.
features elegant, rosewood-finished grips with the classic
“double-diamond” checkering pattern. The grip screws, slide
stop, hammer, safety lock, and magazine catch are all polished and decorated in 24-karat gold.
Detailed Vietnam battle scenes leap from the blued steel
background, accented in stunning 24-karat gold and nickel.
Featured on the
left of the pistol is a banner, which reads, “United States
Marines Re-Supply Firebase.” Scattered throughout the country,
firebases provided artillery support for units in the field.
Banking in from above, a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter drops a
payload of supplies. In the center,
“Marines Secure Hue City, Vietnam” is inscribed. The struggle
for Hue was one of the fiercest battles of the war. Marines
crouch behind crumbling walls to tend to the wounded in the
central artwork, while heavy street-fighting is depicted to
the right. The Battle of Hue lasted four weeks and cost 142
Marines their lives. Also featured on the left is the official
seal of the Marine Corps Association, your assurance that each
Tribute in the edition is authorized by the Association.
On the right side, there is a Marine positioned with his M-16
beside a gold banner that reads “Da Nang.” American combat
troops arrived in 1965 to defend the U.S. airfield at Da Nang.
To his right, Marines on patrol make their way along rice
paddy dikes, familiar terrain for Marines in Vietnam. Pictured
in the center is a banner that reads “Marines Man the 105 mm
Howitzer.” Used in World War II and Korea, the 105-mm Howitzer
also proved a valuable weapon in Vietnam. At the muzzle end, a
squad of Marines wades through the swamp above a banner that
reads “Dong Ha.”
Vietnam Tribute Pistol will arrive in a luxuriously lined
custom display case with an engraved brass plaque.