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TEAM 162, the red hats

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Bonjour,

 

Really interested in this unit, please let me know present few items from this unit.

Team 162 constituted the largest U.S. advisory effort of the Vietnam War. Some 1,200 soldiers were assigned to Team 162 during its 11 years of service. Airborne experience was a prerequisite for assignment. Most team members had served with the 11th, 82nd or 101st Airborne Divisions. In addition, the team included U.S. Air Force forward air controllers. They were called “Red Markers” for their ability to mark targets during battle.

Thirty-four soldiers and three airmen from Team 162 were killed in action. That was the most of any advisory team in Vietnam.

At last count 34 former team members became General Officers (Pete Dawkins, Norman Schwarzkopf, Barry McCaffrey, James Lindsey, Jim Vaught, Joe Kinzer, John LeMoyne, Guy Meloy and Herb Lloyd just to name a few) and 78 Sergeants Major. One Red Hat earned the Medal of Honor (Louis Rocco). Many more received Distinguished Service Crosses and several Vietnamese Airborne Battalions were awarded Presidential Unit Citations.

American airborne advisors took part in training and combat operations at every level of the Vietnamese unit from battalion to division. Initial advisory duties emphasized planning, training and logistical issues. Later, Team 162 jumped with their Vietnamese counterparts.

 

The elite Vietnamese Airborne Division fought in all 17 combat campaigns of the Vietnam War:

 

· Vietnam Advisory Campaign, 15 March 1962 to 7 March 1965

 

· Vietnam Defense Campaign, 8 March 1965 to 24 December 1965

 

· Vietnam Counteroffensive, 25 December 1965 to 30 June 1966

 

· Vietnam Counteroffensive, Phase II, 1 July 1966 to 31 May 1967

 

· Vietnam Counteroffensive, Phase III, 1 June 1967 to 29 January 1968

 

· Tet Counteroffensive, 30 January 1968 to 1 April 1968

 

· Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase IV, 2 April 1968 to 30 June 1968

 

· Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase V, 1 July 1968 1 November 1968

 

· Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase VI, 2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969

 

· Tet 69 Counteroffensive, 23 February 1969 to 8 June 1969

 

· Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969, 9 June 1969 to 31 October 1969

 

· Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970, 1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970

 

· DA Sanctuary Counteroffensive, 1 May 1970 to 30 June 1970

 

· Vietnam Counteroffensive, Phase VII, 1 July 1970 to 30 June 1971

 

· Consolidation I, 1 July 1971 to 30 November 1971

 

· Consolidation II, 1 December 1971 to 29 March 1972

 

· Vietnam Cease-Fire, 30 March 1972 to 28 January 1973

Really interested in this unit, please let me show you few items from this unit.

 

The beret

This one belonged to an advisor assigned at the team during the early year. It has still the french cut of the early 50's beret (three parts made). You could note the french and vietnamese translation for: all military items

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The shirt

It comes from the estate of the colonel Dwight Bomberger.

He entered the U.S. Army in 1950 as a recruit and attained the rank ofmaster sergeant. He attended Army Officers Candidate School at Fort Riley, Kan., and was commissioned a second lieutenant, Medical Service Corps. He attended Medical Field Service School, Brooke Army Medical Center,Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas; assigned Medical ReplacementTraining Center, Camp Pickett, Va.

 

He was promoted to first lieutenant, assigned to the Office of theSurgeon General, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C. Heattended an Airborne, Jumpmaster and Pathfinder course.

As a major his assignments included ROTC Instructor Group,Pennsylvania State University; assistant professor, teaching MilitaryLaw and Military Operations, instructor ROTC Summer Camps at FortGeorge G. Meade, Md., and Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, Pa. Hewas instructor at Military Assistance Institute, course on Middle East,Arlington, Va.; U.S. Training Mission Saudi Arabia, as an infantryadvisor Saudi Arabian Infantry.

As a lieutenant colonel, his assignments included U.S. Army SpecialWarfare Center, Fort Bragg, N.C.; Military Assistance Command,Executive Officer Studies and Observations Group, Saigon, Vietnam;deputy senior adviser Vietnamese Airborne Division in Saigon and TayNinh.

As a colonel, he was assigned to Headquarters 18th Airborne Corps,Fort Bragg, N.C. He retired in 1974 and received the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and 38 othermedals, badges and citations.

As the other members of the team, he received the ARVN uniforms. Early members worn the pink pattern. The team modified usually the official issue ARVN shirt by the addition of two zippered pockets. Pen pocket has been added on the sleeve. Note the airborne status, the Airborne SSI and the nicely embroidered insignias with black thread.

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In order to present a link between the american advisors and their vietnmese counterparts, here is two certificates awarded by the senior advisors to two vietnamese soldiers.

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The other one, little bit earlier

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Hope you enjoy and feel free to comment and add your items relative to the team.

Cheers

Valery


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Valery,

 

wonderful items!

 

I have a few things to add, and i am attempting to retrieve a shirt i used to own to reunite with a new grouping i have just bought to a man who served with the unit.

 

I am also attempting to research another former member of the unit as i own his shirt also.

 

When i find out more i will post the items and details.

 

Congratualtions again,

 

 

 

Patrick.


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When was the LTC ERDL shirt worn by Bomberger? Or, when did he serve with Adv Det 162?

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When was the LTC ERDL shirt worn by Bomberger? Or, when did he serve with Adv Det 162?

Bonjour,

I only can say that he was MACV SOG XO from march to september 1969 and he had been assign later to the team as deputy senior advisor. Perhaps he finished his tour there, or that's my first assessment hehas been deployed the next year i.e late of 1970. I'm interested in a complete roster of the team, if someone has one ;)

Thank you for your interest.

Valery


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Bonjour,

Thank you Patrick for enthusiasm!

I only can say that he was MACV SOG XO from march to september 1969 and he had been assign later to the team as deputy senior advisor. Perhaps he finished his tour there, or that's my first assessment hehas been deployed the next year i.e late of 1970. I'm interested in a complete roster of the team, if someone has one ;)

Thank you for your interest.

Valery


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Valéry that is a very nice advisor's shirt thumbsup.gif

I love the zippers.

It has fantastic provenance.


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Remembering the service of:
9095 Pte Alfred Fredrick NEWLAND, 7th Field Ambulance, 2 Division, AIF. WIA 16/11/16 France.
436 Private Albert McCANN, B Company 8th Battalion AIF. Enlisted 26/8/14. Killed in Action 17/6/15 Gallipoli.
VX24056 Gunner George Edward McCANN, 2/3 Composite Anti Aircraft Regiment. Enlisted 7/6/40. Discharged 3/8/44. Served in Australia and New Guinea.



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Valery,

Do you have the name of Gary Davis as a member? He served with Barry McCaffery in Vietnam, but I am not sure when. Davis was our Bn Commander when I was with 3rd ID in the 1980s, McCaffery was a former commander and would come over for our Dining In.


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Hello,

 

Here is what I bought recently, the 47/53 french jump jacket and pants were issued to the 3rd Airborne Batttalion, the set was later given to the SF trooper. I can still see the ARVN QM stamp on the pants and the shirt, the KBC number 4794 stamped on the jacket, the TIEU DOAN NHAY DU stamped on the pants. The SSI and the Jumpwing were sadly removed.

 

The beret is 3 parts beret like the one displayed by Valery

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The stamp on the pants, one almost unreadable

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the better one, TIEU DOAN NHAY DU around, DAI DOI ... in the middle

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The stamp on the Jacket, I can see the KBC number but it didn't show in the pic :(

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Other shirt I have from the US Airborne Advisor who later served with the 82AB. It s strange that he didn't have CIB but only Expert Infantryman. Could someone help me to ID him ?

 

Thanks

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MACV patch +Airborne Arc (local made)

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Another set from a Airborne Advisor, this set was sold on Ebay 4 years ago for likely 2500 usd (but I was student then so can't even bid my chance. The buyer (Australian) added ARVN SSI and some patches more, so be careful.

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QM Stamp on the pants. Each time I see this set, I still have some regrets :(

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You're right,

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Another set from a Airborne Advisor, this set was sold on Ebay 4 years ago for likely 2500 usd (but I was student then so can't even bid my chance. The buyer (Australian) added ARVN SSI and some patches more, so be careful.

 

Hello Copran,

 

did the buyer add them for his own reasons or for resale?

 

Nice 47/53 set by the way.

 

 

Patrick.


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I found the picture of the jacket he offered me 2 years later, he asked for 1500 usd for the jacket, he said he keep the trousers :blink: . I didn't understand why he splitted the set. And when I asked him if this is a put together item or not, he replied that he didn't buy it in Ebay but from the dealer in Canada, it s a lie of course.

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Copran,

 

did the buyer add them for his own reasons or for resale?

 

Nice 47/53 set by the way.

 

 

Patrick.

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Thanks for the fast follow up.

 

Some things need no "enhancement" to be a first class item. This was one of them.

 

Such a waste.....

 

 

 

Patrick.


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Another set from a Airborne Advisor, this set was sold on Ebay 4 years ago for likely 2500 usd (but I was student then so can't even bid my chance. The buyer (Australian) added ARVN SSI and some patches more, so be careful.

 

Hey mate,

can you PM with the buyers info?

I am interested who it might be.

 

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Written contributor to French Militaria Magazine, UK World War II Re-enactors Magazine &The Karkee Web Research Team.

Remembering the service of:
9095 Pte Alfred Fredrick NEWLAND, 7th Field Ambulance, 2 Division, AIF. WIA 16/11/16 France.
436 Private Albert McCANN, B Company 8th Battalion AIF. Enlisted 26/8/14. Killed in Action 17/6/15 Gallipoli.
VX24056 Gunner George Edward McCANN, 2/3 Composite Anti Aircraft Regiment. Enlisted 7/6/40. Discharged 3/8/44. Served in Australia and New Guinea.



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