Vietnam Cards

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Project by christopheralan posted 06-23-2011 02:36 PM 1747 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Every year, the surviving Marines from this unit meet at a different location across the US. This year, one of hosts wanted a small token to give them. I used different woods for each card and each one has a strip of purple heart inlayed in the corner. All the lettering is woodburned, and the emblem is a simple transfer.

Semper Fi Gents! Thanks for looking!

-- christopheralan

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#1 posted 06-23-2011 03:08 PM

Very nice i hope everyone enjoys your craftmanship.

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#2 posted 06-23-2011 03:12 PM


Was each “card” individually hand burned?

Our Navy squadron does a similar reunion. Something like this would be a great memento.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 06-23-2011 03:57 PM

Nice Going and Great Job (again!)...
Completely off topic, but have you seen “Surprise Homecoming” with Billy Ray Cyrus on TV yet?
I just saw an ad for its season premiere, 7/11 at 10:00 PM…
Real simple… Billy Ray arranges to bring soldiers home and surprise their families…
It’s the most genuinely heart-warming show I’ve seen in years!!
If you aren’t tearing up by the end (in a good way)... well… you should check if you still have a pulse!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 06-23-2011 04:05 PM

Really cool cards. SEMPER FI

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#5 posted 06-23-2011 04:10 PM

Fantastic! Semper Fi – - – Hope this continues to our present day vets.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#6 posted 06-23-2011 06:17 PM

Excellent idea. A great token for many different occasions.

Thank you to all who have served!


-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#7 posted 06-23-2011 07:07 PM

Lew, each card was burned by hand. A bit time consuming, but I think they will like it.

Littlecope, I actually have a hard time watching those shows. I served for 8 years as a Marine and I have some strong personal views about these programs and the men and women that are sometimes in them. I just can’t watch them.

Everyone, thanks for the kind words!

-- christopheralan

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#8 posted 06-24-2011 01:22 AM

Wonderful idea and gesture, hope they continue to meet for many years

-- Norman

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#9 posted 06-24-2011 01:41 AM

Nice way of saying “Well done guys” :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#10 posted 06-24-2011 04:10 AM

Very fine workmanship! Great idea!!

Semper Fi


Alpha 1/4 ‘63-’67

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#11 posted 06-24-2011 07:35 PM

Very nice. How did you do the transfer?

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#12 posted 06-24-2011 10:26 PM

Excellent work, and what an honor for you to be able to do something so special for some of our national treasures.

Thanks for your service too Chris!

-- Follow my woodworking adventures in The Second Wind Workshop,

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#13 posted 06-25-2011 12:15 PM

Love the cards. Thanks for your service to our country.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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