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Thursday, April 08, 2010

#686 War Story #11 - Christmas 1971, Saigon, RVN

It has been a while since I have posted some personal "war stories".

In an effort to maintain some semblance of normalcy we agreed to enter into a Secret Santa gift swap.  I was working as a Narcotic Staff Officer in the Provost Marshal’s office at MACV Headquarters in Saigon.   There were about ten of us assigned to the office and that included Vietnamese clerical folks.

It was a nice way to celebrate the season with our friends and compatriots.  For the life of me, I cannot remember whose name I got or what I purchased for that person. I do know what someone got for me.

It is a simple hand carved statuette made in Thailand.  It represents Madonna and Child.  I have no idea who thought that I would like such a gift.  For that very reason, I treasure it.  If memory serves me right, we had a very low dollar limit on such gifts, so it was the thought that counted.  That, along with the simple beauty of the statuette and the season give added meaning for me. It has a place of honor in our bedroom.



shannon said...

i've always wondered where that came from. i've always loved it, too.

Sandee said...

I would have loved it too. I'm glad you treasure it so highly.

Have a terrific day. :)

Wanda said...

It's lovely ~~ I like the look of your room...nice wallpaper.

Angela Marie said...

What a touching story. I love your honesty too.
The statuette is beautiful. It makes me think of the person who carved it and how they will never know where it ended up and how you have honored it... OR maybe they do know a little something if the person who bought it from them told them why they were buying it and for who. Makes ya think!
Quite a story Jack!

Thank you for sharing it.

Puss-in-Boots said...

I think that's lovely, Jack. You're right, it's the simplicity of the gift and the thought behind it that count.