Posted 2 years ago
This was presented to my son by Saudi Prince or King for the work he did in Army to train them in a specific area on their Lav in artillery turret
His name is engraved on opposite side of blade .
Scott helped me on this so I am adding it as i had not said anything about it and yes son was there when bombed
Per Scott The OPM Headquarters was bombed in NOV 95-- many wounded and several members were killed. The Headquarters was in downtown Riyadh and was rebuilt on the outskirts of Riyadh in a large compound with improved security
Saudi Arabian 1995 presentation sword in display case, showing Saudi Crest on scabbard and center of case. The metal surfaces are heavy gold plated over base metal with simulated handles. The blade is polished steel and there is a woven fabric hangar included. These swords were gifted by the Royal Family as favors to diplomats and important personages. Short swords such as this saif are regularly presented by the Saudi King to individuals as a sign of recognition for special effort in the development of Saudi Arabia. It is intended to be worn on special occasions (much as one might wear a medal) and to hang on the owner’s wall as a sign of recognition and accomplishment.
The handle and scabbard are made from gilded metal with the image of crossed swords and palm tree - the “coat of arms” of Saudi Arabia. . The overall length is 22.5” with a 15” blade.
During the 1980s, the US Marine Corps began looking for a light armored vehicle to give their divisions greater mobility. They chose the Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) based on the MOWAG Piranha. It entered service with the Marines in 1983. The U.S. Army was interested in these vehicles at the time, but did not order any at the time (although they did later with introduction of the Stryker family of vehicles). The LAVs first saw combat during the Invasion of Panama in 1989, and continued service in the Gulf War, Iraq War, and the War in Afghanistan.
Per light-armored reconnaissance battalion,