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    The relieving ceremony of the Republic of Korea Navy was held at the Vietnamese Navy Yard Thursday morning on aboard the Korean Navy ship LST 813 with the attendance of the VN Navy Commander Captain Tran-Van-Phan; Lt.

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    general view of the ceremony-solute to the national flag

    two skippers of the LSM (609, 611) reporting to their commander Captain Eung Ki Lee, that they will leave here after complete their job for eight months in VN

    Lt. Gen. Tam pinning Medals of Honour to the Korean leaving officers and sailors

    some close-up shots of medals and receivers

    traditional Korean dressed women at the ceremony

    giving citations: by Major Gen. Myung ShinChae, Commander of the Korean Forces in VN to: Vietnamese Lt. Dang-Dinh-Hiep of VN Navy Shipyard US Navy Lt. T.C. Andersen, Iowa, Assistant Logistic, for their distinguish jobs to cooperate with Koreans.

    presentation of flowers

    Your Excellency,


    Within a firm belief in defeating the communists, and throughout many battles, the Navy has everlastingly provided efforts to insure security protection and prevent effectively V.C. infiltrations into our immense sea frontiers.

    The cooperation offered by the friendly Republic of Korea has highlighted the unification for a firm victory, and furthermore the assistance from allied countries such as New Zealand, Australia etc ... has contributed a lot to this southern warfront.

    To day marks the end of mission for the Korean ships in VietNam. During the past months, your contribution to the transportation services has gathered many fine and valuable results, which proved that you have given the upmost effort, side by side with the Vietnamese people, in fighting a common enemy.

    As the Republic of Korea, Vietnam has suffered the country scission. The people of VN has been making use of all available means added to the assistance of friendly nations, therefore VN is not fighting by itself. Over seas the USA and Korea are providing full assistance in protecting our sea frontiers.

    Your Excellency,

    With the firm intention of longing for peace to be early reestablished in VN, although the mission of this ship is over, you have thought of filling the gap by another ship, that provides not only to the VN Navy but also gratefulness to Vietnam. The presence of your country has greatly motivated our people defeating the commands in a near future in order to provide welfare and happiness to the people of VN.

    We furthermore believe that this victory lies in on fields, specially in the pacification of the country-lands that the Republic of VN is raising to the same level of importance as all military efforts.

    We sincerely thank you and would like you to forward to the Captain and his men our warmest congratulations for a job well done, during their stay in Vietnam.


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    Background: The relieving ceremony of the Republic of Korea Navy was held at the Vietnamese Navy Yard Thursday morning on aboard the Korean Navy ship LST 813 with the attendance of the VN Navy Commander Captain Tran-Van-Phan; Lt. Gen. Tran-Ngoc-Tam, Chairman of the Free World Military Assistance Organization in VN; Admiral Ward, Senior US Navy Advisor; Korean Ambassador Sang-Chul-Shin as well as the leaving Korean navy sailors. Three ships-one LST and two LSM (609 and 611)- have been assigned here in Vietnam as a military assistance from the Republic of Korea so far, now there are five ships including newly arrived two LSTs (807, 808)
    Today's relieving ceremony is for the transfer of their duty in Vietnam- two LSMs (609 and 611) leaving here after complete their duty to transport military and civilian goods from Saigon to Nha-Trang, Cam-Ranh, Qui-Nhon, and Da-Nang ports for last eight months, and the newly arrived two LSMs (605 and 607) taking over the job.

    The Orders of a Ceremony
    Salute the Senior Officer on the stand
    1. Opening Remarks
    2. Salute the National Flag
    3. Announcement of the Unit rotation orders
    4. Relieving Ships Co. report to Comntu ROKF-V
    a. By CO, WOLMI(LSM609) and NUNG RA (LSM 611)
    b. By CO, KATOK(LSM605) and PIAP (LSM609)
    5. Presentation of the RVN Medals of honor
    a. Medals of honor first class (4)
    b. Medals of honor Second class (8)
    6. Presentation of the citation
    a. Unit Citation
    (1) By C/G ROKF-V
    (2) By C/G US MAC-V
    b. Individual Citation
    (1) By C/G ROKF-V
    (2) By C/G CSG ROKF-V
    7. Presentation of the Letter of appreciation by C/G ROKF-V
    8. Address by the C/G, ROKF-V
    9. Congratulatory address by the Representative RVNN and USN
    10. Presentation of a bouquet by the Republic of Vietnam Navy
    11. Closing Remarks
    Salute the Senior Officer on the Stand

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