According to the museum, Bui Thi Lang from Lai Vu commune, Kim Thanh district, Hai Duong province was the former owner of the item. It was made from one of the cartridge cases of the 30mm artillery shells that shot down an American fighter in the air of Lai Vu commune in 1965.

The vase is being exhibited in the museum.

On November 5, 1965, the U.S. aircraft bombed Lai Vu Bridge in Lai Vu commune to destroy the vital road 5A (connecting Hai Phong city with Hanoi). At that time, Lang - a female militia of Hop Nhat village, Lai Vu commune, together with local militia persons and air defense troops, protected the bridge.

During the battle, an air defense unit of Vietnam downed a U.S. aircraft numbered F-8U. After that, the troops gave Lang a 37mm artillery cartridge case as a souvenir. Receiving the gift, she used it to make a vase.

In 2008, she presented the special vase to Military Region 3’s Museum so that more people know about it and the glorious feats-of-arms of Vietnamese soldiers and people, and also to educate younger generations.

Translated by Minh Anh