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Artifact collector takes Cumming Vietnam vets back to their wartime years



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C.G.Garcia displays a 45 year old can of peanut butter; part of the c-rations issued to troops in the field in Vietnam. A mannequin with an American Combat uniform is situated to Garcia's left. (click for larger version)
August 12, 2013
CUMMING, Ga. — Members of the Cumming Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America were transported back in time, thanks to a presentation by a collector of Vietnam War artifacts and memorabilia.

Speaking at the Chapter's August 5th meeting at the Golden Corral Restaurant, C.G. Garcia brought a part of his collection of uniforms, photos and captured North Vietnamese and Viet Cong relics such as communist propaganda leaflets.

Garcia started out collecting World War II artifacts, but grew interested in the collectibles from Vietnam through a co-worker who served as a combat marine.

Since the early 1990s the speaker has gathered enough of the mementoes from Vietnam to be able to turn part of his home into a mini-museum dedicated to the veterans of the war in Southeast Asia.

Garcia sparked everyone's memory when he held up a 1968 C-rations can of peanut butter. He and almost everyone in the room laughed at the thought that the contents were probably still pretty good.

The Cumming Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America meets the first Monday of each month at the Golden Corral on Marketplace Boulevard. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7p.m.

Due to the Labor Day Holiday, the next meeting will be Sept. 9.

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