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  1. They are in training with the non flying transports in the background. The cap badges are early war. 2 guys in pic 1 have ovals with no wings. Very dark middle with a lighter, but not white border. I would guess 507th PIR. Try taking a digital photo of the captain collar brass with the most High resolution camera you have and zoom in on the pic. If there was too much shine on the badge when the photo was taken, it might not be readable. Rob. Sent from my moto z3 using Tapatalk
  2. See if you can get high magnification on the officers collar brass. It appears to be numbered. Rob Sent from my moto z3 using Tapatalk
  3. I have a friend who was a sergeant in the 10th SF in the 50's. He has his original uniform and his jump wings have all the details buffed out. I had seen this before and asked him why? He said that they did that to their own wings because they thought it looked cool. Sent from my moto z3 using Tapatalk
  4. I have read stories of infantry colonels awarding themselves the CIB and asked later to take them off. He may have felt self conscious wearing it. He was initially only a batalion commander and a Lt. colonel to start the invasion in Africa. He became a Colonel when the 3rd and 4th batalions formed and the group was termed task force Darby. Sent from my moto z3 using Tapatalk
  5. 2 thoughts on this uniform. 1 the enlisted good conduct medal and Korean war service. He could have had a earlier army career and discharge with a different army serial number and DD 214, hence explaining some of the unrepresented medals and airborne training. There was a guy near me who fought in Korea as a marine then joined the army later to fly helicopters and got the CMH in Vietnam. 2 he flew attack helicopters possibly in support of Navy Seals, The badge is being worn in the position of foreign wings and may not represent his completion of BUD/S. Just a couple of guesses. Very complete grouping. Very high number of air medals. I would keep it together. Sent from my moto z3 using Tapatalk
  6. Your beret looks very nice. thank you for showing an example. I am not a seller and the ARVN police beret is part of a grouping from a navy riverboat crewman who was an advisor. It will stay with the grouping. If you have an example or a picture of a vietnam green beret for a US soldier I would like to see it. Sent from my moto z3 using Tapatalk
  7. This is a ARVN field police beret obtained from a vet Sent from my moto z3 using Tapatalk
  8. The beret shows signs of use. The paper tag is yellowed with age and there is no way to remove it. The tag is not as pretty as a ARVN beret, but the plastic shield is identical. placement of the size is the same. The vent holes and display of the contract number and date are normal on berets made for the US army under contract, maybe that company was a licensed producer. If the label is reproduced it had to come from somewhere. Sent from my moto z3 using Tapatalk
  9. Here is the mentioned german beret. It is not similar Sent from my moto z3 using Tapatalk
  10. The flash is probably not Vietnam era. If the hat was made between 72 and 75 and it was replaced at least once before 1985. It is possibly from that time. The crest I saved for last. I was able to remove it. Just one very small hallmark on the back looks like a 5 or S. It is smaller then a standard Denmark crest. I have a test kit and this one and my named hat are both 925 silver. First red mark is the named beret, second one is the Saigon one, third is a stamped 925 piece of jewelry Sent from my moto z3 using Tapatalk
  11. inside beret Sent from my moto z3 using Tapatalk
  12. This hat intrigued me so i bought it. I mostly liked the crest. I have this rare crest on another hat that is named and the pins were bent to hold the crest in place and I was hoping this was not. The wool also looked older and the tag was faded and yellowed. I realized that this tag is on some funny looking berets on ebay right now, there are some differences. This hat looks nothing like those. I have some books on vietnam collecting . I have been collecting for 16 years. I have quite a few vietnam era berets, US issue, Canadian, Bancroft, Denmark, this was the first Vietnam made one that is not ARVN or field use. Luckily it was not too expensive. The seller was a female who said she got it at an estate sale in Florida. Starting with the hat. Color a little lighter more like army green. Vent holes are brass and wider spaced then an American or Canadian beret. Smells a little musty like old wool. some wear and snags to the outer shell. The lining is in reasonable shape, One small hole. There is evidence of a previous flash being machine sewed through the lining and was removed. The vinyl protector backing was also removed and cut off. The tag is stamped with red ink. There are vertical grey lines in the paper. The center words are severely worn away where the top of the head would put the most pressure. Name and address at the top. The address is on Hoang street in DaKao district which is near the US embassy and the presidential Palace. It makes sense to have a US designated tailor in the most protected part of the city. The bottom line is their hat liscense number and the date of the license. Sent from my moto z3 using Tapatalk
  13. maker tag Sent from my moto z3 using Tapatalk
  14. Beret is Saigon made. first pattern DUI. Nice item. Sent from my moto z3 using Tapatalk
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