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 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

                                         Richard Bender Abell Presented with the Albert
Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Mr. Abell has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the legal industry.

FORT BELVOIR, VA, July 24, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's
premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Richard Bender Abell with
the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Mr. Abell
celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for
achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued
in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are
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A prominent and versatile member of the federal judiciary, Mr. Abell has amassed nearly
four decades of industry experience. He spent a bulk of his vocation as a special trial
judge and special master for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC, from
1991 to 2010. Previously, Mr. Abell served the U.S. Department of Justice as an assistant
attorney general, appointed to this position by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed
by the US Senate, for four years and deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of
Justice Programs for three years.

In addition, Mr. Abell also acted on behalf of the Peace Corps as the director of the Office
of Program Development for two years, the U.S. Senate as a staff member to Senator
Richard Schweiker for one year, and Chester County in Pennsylvania as a deputy sheriff
for two years and assistant district attorney for five years. He was also National Chairman
of the Young Republican National Federation and served on the national board of the
Young Americans for Freedom. He commenced his career as an associate at Reilly &
Fogwell from 1974 to 1980 and a volunteer for the Peace Corps in Colombia for two years.
A respected expert in his fields, Mr. Abell has penned two books, "Sojourns of a Patriot:
Field and Prison Papers of an Unreconstructed Confederate" in 1988 and "Peter Smith of
Westmoreland County, Virginia (Died 1741), and Some Descendents" in 1996, and
published many legal and criminology articles.

Alongside his primary endeavors, Mr. Abell has been on the board of directors of the YR
Alumni Network, Inc., since 2009, having formerly acted on the board of directors of the
Federal Prison Industries, Inc., from 1985 to 1991. Likewise, he was co-chairman of the
advisory committee for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center from 1987 to 1990,
chairman of the Crime Prevention Coalition of America from 1986 to 1990, and advisory
board member of the National Institute of Corrections from 1986 to 1990. Mr. Abell was
also a member of the National Drug Policy Board, Enforcement Coordinating Group, from
1988 to 1989 and the National Drug Policy Board Coordinating Group for Drug Abuse,
Prevention and Health from 1988 to 1989. Delving briefly into academy, he was
additionally a part of the adjunct faculty at the Delaware Law School at Widener University
and West Chester University. Civically, he was chairman of the Fairfax Resident Council
for the Fairfax Military Retirement Community from 2016-2018. Mr. Abell has further
contributed to such causes as the President's Commission on Agricultural Workers, the
Federal Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the
President's Task Force on Adoption, and the Republican National Committee.

To prepare for his illustrious career, Mr. Abell pursued formal education at The George
Washington University in 1966, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in international
affairs. He subsequently earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the George Washington
University in 1974, having subsequently been admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania
the same year. While seeking higher education, Mr. Abell enlisted in the United States
Army in 1969 until his retirement for wounds received in action in 1971. As a testament to
his military successes, he was the recipient of the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Army
Commendation Medal for Heroism, the Air Medal, and the Purple Heart. He is also the
recipient of the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal.

In an effort to remain aware of recent developments within his fields of interest, Mr.
Abell has maintained affiliation with several societies and organizations. A Knight with
the Venerable Order of St. John, he associates with the Order of the Indian Wars of the
United States, the General Society of Colonial Wars, the Sons of the Revolution, the
General Society of the War of 1812, The Society of the Cincinnati and The Aztec Club of
1847, among over 60 other genealogical associations, as genealogy and history are his
passions. He is also active in his Anglican Catholic parish as senior warden and member
of the vestry.

Mr. Abell has been married to Lucia del Carmen Lombana-Cadavid since 1968, and is the
proud father of three children and eight grandchildren. Notably, he was selected for
inclusion in several editions of Who's Who in Finance and Business, Who's Who in
Finance and Industry, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in
American Politics, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in the South and Southwest, and
Who's Who in the World.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who
community, Mr. Abell has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime
Achievement website. Please visit for more information abou

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