Item RNT-ob-0023 - Commemorative Plate for Viet Nam Military Service

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Commemorative Plate for Viet Nam Military Service

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  • 1967-1970 (Creation)

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1 brass plate; 28.7cm x 1.5cm

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From 1962 to 1972, Thompson served as a Member of Parliament, and member of the External Affairs and Defense Committees. He was assigned on Government assignment to the Viet Nam war. In 1970, Thompson was recognized for his service in Viet Nam with the Korean Army and given the honorary rank of Colonel of the Tiger Division within the Republic of the Korean Army (South Korea).

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Object is a commemorative plate for military service with a tiger on the front and multi coloured yellow, green, and pink tassels attached on the top. There is an engraving on the plate reading "Mr. Robert N. Thompson, 1967.3.11, M/G Byang Hion Lew, CG, Tiger Rok Division, Vietnam". The centre features a raised emblem of a side profile of a tiger’s face roaring. The emblem background is green and the tiger is orange and red. This emblem represents the Tiger Division of Republic of Korea Army. On either side of the emblem has engraved Korean script, Hangul, which translates to "fierce tiger".

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Object is tarnished/scratched and the strings on the attached tassel are frayed. Object also has a 3.7cm x 6.2cm glue residue mark where a label reading "Honorary Colonel Tiger Division Republic of Korea.

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Donated by Robert N. Thompson


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  • Hangul

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Preferred citation Trinity Western University Archives and Special Collections, Robert N. Thompson fonds, RNT-ob-0023.

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See also RNT-SF1 – Personal History/Biography > Series 5 – Awards and Medals > Box 13, File 2, Republic of Korea Army; Honorary member.

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January 2023, tk

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  • Box: B 47 S 2 Box 7