I bought this sword in honor of my grandfather’s service to this country during the tumultuous period of the Vietnam War. During the American Civil War, swords were mainly used by high ranking officers, generals, and the cavalry (although the cavalry mainly used sabers). Sometime after the Spanish-American War of 1893, the sword was mainly an artifact and rarely used as much because of the rising popularity of combat knives and bayonets. This sword reminds me of my grandfather’s courage and bravery because he took part in an unpopular war that many people in the 60s and 70s were against. He took part in the Tet Offensive of 1968, which was the largest offensive of the entire war. Although we lost the war in Vietnam, I am proud of my grandfather for standing up for what he believed in and followed it through to the end. Sadly, my grandfather passed away back in 2019, but I will always remember him with this sword.