Below is a Viet Cong (VC) tea/rice Mug, aka, National Liberation Front (NLF). It is not North Vietnam Army (NVA). After
the VC/NLF were defeated in 1968 we fought almost exclusively NVA regulars. The VC then became completely
subordinate to the NVA and were then absorbed by them when the NVA took Saigon and the rest of the Republic of
South Vietnam (RSVN). The NLF were the VC, at least from our perspective.
National Liberation Front (NLF), formally National Front for the Liberation of the South, Vietnamese Mat-Tran Dan-Toc
Giai-Phong Mien-Nam, Vietnamese  political organization formed on Dec. 20, 1960, to effect the overthrow of the South
Vietnamese government and the reunification of North and South Vietnam. An overtly communist party was established
in 1962 as a central component of the NLF, but both the military arm, the Viet Cong, and the political organization of
the NLF included many noncommunists. The NLF was represented by its own diplomatic staffs in all communist
countries and in several neutral countries. Unlike the Viet Minh (anti-French guerrilla force, many members of which
became part of the Viet Cong), the NLF did not establish a provisional government until June 1969, when the
Provisional Revolutionary Government (PRG) of South Vietnam was announced. With the reunification of Vietnam in
1976, the NLF joined the Vietnamese Communist Party and the other political organizations in forming a National United
From Richard Abell
Pictured below are: Vietnam War memorabilia that were given to me years later by veteran friends: two NVA flags, a
NVA helmet and a Vietcong ceramic on metal mess tea/rice mug. I did not acquire these items while I was in Vietnam.
Hon. Richard Bender Abell