Howdy everyone. My name is Aric Gingo, I’m a long time collector and a long time lurker here. I am an art director (sometimes called a commercial artist or graphic designer) and for the past several years have had my dream job of designing Jason Hardy’s “MACVSOG” series of books. I’ve been collecting for some 35+years, concentrating on US military elite forces insignia.
A few weeks back (before the craziness and social distancing set it) I read a post which mentioned this book and desperately wanted to chime in. I had to wait for approval from the mods and for things to settle down in general. I also wanted to check in with Jason before posting this.
After some 3+ years of hands on work, backed up with 25+ years of research, interviews and connecting dots, we are proud to announce:
US Army Special Forces Insignia of the Vietnam War - The Definitive Collectors Guide: The MACVSOG Recon Teams
We had sample copies of the book at the Show of Shows this year, and someone asked, “Is it REALLY the DEFINITIVE guide?”
Without a doubt, yes it is.
Coming in at over 400 pages, this book gives the collector and historian everything he could possibly need to make informed decisions when it comes to this special insignia.
• FULL COLOR throughout, with very large scans of original insignia. Every piece of insignia has been color corrected, cleaned up and optimized to show you every minute detail, when possible. For the past several years, there have been few resources - mostly in black and white or with tiny photos. This book is completely designed for the collector - GIANT photos with every stitch visible (when possible) (Seriously, when I got my first edition I was STUNNED at HOW FRICKIN GIANT everything was - and I stared at it for 3 years!)
• Period photographs of the insignia being worn - when possible. Most of the insignia is shown during the war, with a few exceptions when none was available.
• History of the insignia - when the insignia was used, who designed it, where it was made
• Every Recon Team patch known at the time of publication - this is tricky as things pop out of the woodwork some 50 years later (we had a VERY COOL RT Georgia come in as final design work was happening - it happens and will happen again) - fronts and backs for most insignia
• Collector copies - Cecil’s, Cheap Charlies - whatever you want to call them - all are shown, including the many variations of each.
• A VERY comprehensive history of MACVSOG patches. There has always been confusion - the word “minefield” used freely when it comes to these patches. The history is traced including places where the patches were manufactured - styles of manufacture are clearly shown - fronts and backs, and any variations are pointed out when possible
• One “behind the scenes” moment - it became very clear that there was a big story to tell with collector copy patches when we had a LOT of them right in front of us. It quickly became apparent that there were several distinct styles pointing to production in different shops. This is covered in great detail.
So - to bottom line -
• if all you want to do is look at GIANT FULL COLOR photos of very rare insignia - this book is for you.
• If you want to know every detail regarding the history of this very rare insignia - this book is for you.
• If you are a patch or militaria collector - this book is for you - it is unlike ANY other collector guide on the market.
This book is due for arrival in the next 2 months, although the current COVID 19 situation can blow that timetable to hell. Check thedogtag.com frequently for updates - it will be listed for sale as soon as it arrives (This date keeps moving due to current circumstances) Please note, there will be a limited quantity available, and once they are gone, they are gone. Sutherland’s book sells for up to $300 on the secondary market (quickly!) Don’t miss your opportunity here.
We’ve also got some more collector focused projects coming up - watch the interwebs!
Please excuse the poor photography - I'm trying to get you all a SMALL flavor of what to expect. IT'S MASSIVE AND BEAUTIFUL AND DROOL-WORTHY. Pics below: