US Troops Believed that Vietnamese Traditions Held the Symbolism of the Spade to Mean Death and Ill-Fortune
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Vietnam War Helmet. For those who served, "US troops believed that Vietnamese traditions held the symbolism of the spade to mean death and ill-fortune, and in a bid to scare away Viet Cong soldiers without a firefight, it was common practice to leave an ace of spades on the bodies of killed Vietnamese and even to litter the forested grounds and fields with the card."
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