I'm fairly sure this belongs in this thread.
I purchased this shirt from Bob at Vintage Productions and its had a couple of other owners over the years. Bob was right when he said the pictures do not do it justice.
The shirt belonged to a Col. Serge Demyanenko. Col. Demyanenko served in Vietnam between '66 and '67 in an advisory role (I'm a little unsure of what he exactly did in Vietnam) and retired after 31 years of service as a Col. in Special Forces. He has written a book called "The Madness" which is a fiction piece but based on his life and experiences.
The shirt has direct embroidered rank and crossed rifles on the collars, US Army, senior jump wings, CIB on the left chest and on the right his name, ARVN qualification badge and early German "Picasso" wings, so called because apparently when the Bundeswehr was first created the members did not like the wings. Serge was awarded them in 1962 when stationed in Germany with the 1st Airborne battle Group.
A Black and Gold ranger tab is visible on the left shoulder, I can faintly make out the ghosting of a missing patch which was most likely a MACV SSI.
Over the years the Ranger Scroll from the right shoulder has disappeared but it was an in-country made one as Serge advised in the 4th Ranger Group and you can see the outline of the scroll and where the red thread has bled into the shirt. (be great to find a replacement scroll)
Edited by 63 RECON, 25 November 2013 - 04:08 AM.