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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2023 7:41 p.m. PST

… It Became the ‘Death Card'

"Symbols during wartime are important and, more than that, they are powerful. Winston Churchill famously used the "V for Victory" symbol during World War II, which was adopted by the United Kingdom as a way to stick it to their enemies. Likewise, Uncle Sam became a powerful symbol for US military enlistment.

The ace of spades became one of these very symbols when it was used by US troops during the Vietnam War. Although the symbol was popularized during the conflict, it wasn't the first time card suits were used in wartime with a bigger meaning behind them…"

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42flanker10 Sep 2023 2:38 a.m. PST

So, yes, but not really.

Simply a TRF for 506th P.I.R.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2023 2:21 p.m. PST



thomalley11 Sep 2023 7:18 a.m. PST

At one time it was the symbol of VF-41

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2023 1:27 a.m. PST

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2023 2:20 p.m. PST



ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Sep 2023 5:44 a.m. PST

Not unlike the 'Corps Badges' used by Union troops during the Civil War.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2023 2:46 p.m. PST



Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2023 5:24 a.m. PST

Another "military" use of the Ace of Spades. I had a good friend who would buy packs of cards and take out just the Ace of Spades. He then would use various means to get fighter aces to sign the cards (one to a card). He would display the card in a binder next to a picture of the Ace as well as some stats. He collected primarily WW II pilots (allied AND axis) as well as more modern ones. He gifted me one of Air Force Captain Richard "Steve" Ritchie one of only two US pilot aces in Vietnam. He would go on to make Brigadier General. I suspect this was a one of a kind in his collection but he claimed it was a spare. By the way the only other pilot ace was the Navy's Lt Randall "Duke" Cunningham. The other 3 Aces were all weapons systems officers.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2023 2:27 p.m. PST



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