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Manikin
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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,

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Great to see-- he was an Advisor for the IMBS Brigade for OPM- SANG.

    I worked with the G-3 for a while and the PSAR BDE-- also in Riyadh. I also worked with the West Sector in Jeddah!

    Tell him a fellow OPM guy said hi.

    scott
  2. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    What branch were you in Scott ? wow what a small world :-)
    You may have been there at same time ? Thank you for the love ! He just completed 3o years of full time service as a CSM. Very proud of him and Thanks for your service also Scott !
  3. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Great sword Mani, you must be proud !~
  4. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    I was in the Infantry-- your son's OPM service was before mine.

    I was there in 2001-2002 and 2006-2009.

    Does he talk about the bombing?

    scott
  5. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Scott he talks very little about any of what he did and saw during all his years in . I think 30 years and several wars makes a person change .
  6. toolate2 toolate2, 2 years ago
    Please pass on a heart felt thank you for his service from Nathan Young and Family.... And thanks to all those here who served as well!! I wish some of them could get along a little better...lol...
  7. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    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.

    scott
  8. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Scott yes he was there during the bombing . He was out at work when it hit but his wife was just ready to go into building . The kids had to be rushed to get out of schools . He left shortly after . He was there 2 years and 4 mo. He was not as Lucky in Iraq was hit by a IUD and it was nearly his life . He came back to states to Texas for surgery and rehab ,then returned to Iraq to come home with his men . He was in Iraq 3 times . When it happened officers showed up at our door in full uniform. I know my heart stopped that day I thought the worse had happened . Thank god it was not as bad of news as many received . The guy in seat next to him was killed . I know he likes to try to not think about all he saw and wants to be just a normal guy fishing and hunting now :-)
  9. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    We (the Army) learned lessons over the notifications of wounds. My BDE made the same mistakes in Afghanistan in 2002-- by doing wound notifications in a similar manner as Death Notifications.

    scott
  10. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Hope they don't do that anymore it truly is heart shaking and for a few minutes you enter the twilight zone I think like none of it is real. I saw them coming up walkway through picture window . I could barely walk to door .
  11. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you toolate and yes I will pass your kind words on to him . Be well my friend I miss you when your not around :-)
  12. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you mustang.phil,WS,bellin, and geo26e fir the love you left :-)
  13. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Blunder and Official for the love !!!!!!!!!!
  14. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you vetraio50,pw-collector and WS, for the love
  15. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    One other note-- when your son served in OPM, Crown Prince Abdullah was the Commander of the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG). SANG is the premier fighting force in the Kingdom and provides for internal as well as external security (they fought for the coalition in Desert Storm at the battle of Khafji).

    When Abdullah became King in 2005, he retained command of SANG. Throughout my time in KSA, he was the commander and I believe he retains control to this day.

    scott
  16. petey petey, 2 years ago
    Outstanding post and history behind it Manikin, one of my favourite!!
  17. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Scott yes it was the Crown Prince that awarded this to him ,thanks for pointing that out . Next I will post my camel seat they brought back and gave me . They actually rode camels while there :-)
  18. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Petey Thank you so much for nice comment . Quite proud of him in all he did when country sent him to many wars and this mission in Saudi Arabia. Thank you for putting some love on this post !
  19. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Ask your son about eating lizards!

    I cannot remember the name of the lizard, but whenever one was seen; training would stop while troops ran after it. They would grill it over an open fire. It was considered a great delicacy and harkins back to the Bedouin roots of most of the Saudi tribes.

    I never had one-- most Americans who did really didn't enjoy it.

    Camels were another story-- I rode some and ATE others!

    scott
  20. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    I will ask him Scott , I know they did not eat camel (ugh) . He lives in another state than me so will phone him later due to time difference .
  21. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Would it be the "Dhub" in Arabic lizard :-)
  22. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    That sounds right.

    Camel was actually very good. Camel milk is another story!

    scott
  23. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    I'm so very glad that you have this, Manikin! How proud you must be of your son!!! God bless him! : )
  24. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you MiKKo ! I hope all is well with you . I have been taking a few days off here . Yes very proud of him :-)
  25. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you, Manikin! Yes, all is well here! How are you doing? I hope you didn't get slammed by more snow. Soon Spring will arrive! Take care, kind soul! xxox
  26. epson233 epson233, 2 years ago
    great story manikin -- thanks for sharing
  27. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you epson :-)

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