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1963-64 SEA made 23rd Special Warfare Aviation Detachment


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Again stepping outside of my norm Captain Reid's uniform shirts came my direction. I do find the earlier stuff to be of higher quality and I would suspect that this is not an easy patch to find on the lose a yet still on the uniform. I got lucky and land two. The possibilities are endless here.

 

First up a close up of one of the patches.

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The shirts. One of Reid's shirt shows evidence of the removal of an 82nd Airborne patch on his right sleeve. I believe the 23rd SWAD had originated out of Fort Campbell and I think the 82nd was there during the early 60's.

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Some nice examples of some hard to find patches.They are "minty" and named as well.Congratulations!

High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silver wings;

Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there

I've chased the shouting wind along and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long delirious, burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,

where never lark, or even eagle flew;

and while, with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

 

John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

June 9, 1922 – December 11, 1941

 

 

 

" And each man stands with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

 

Don't let the B@stards wear you down -"Vinegar" Joe Stillwell

 

 

Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world.Unreasonable

people attempt to adapt the world to themselves.All progress,

therefore, depends on unreasonable people.

George Bernard Shaw

 

 

" Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining" , Fletcher,from the movie "The outlaw Josey Wales"

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Thanks F&O for posting Reid's other shirts. Paints an interesting snap shot of this Captain. He served at Ft. Bragg with the 82nd and during the same time the 23rd SWAD was being organized there. He left with this unit in 1962 to VN. After the 23rd SWAD was deactivated in '63 he returns back to Ft. Bragg and wears the MACV SSI as his combat patch since he couldn't sport the Mohawk one. To bad it's a cool insignia.

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Again stepping outside of my norm Captain Reid's uniform shirts came my direction. I do find the earlier stuff to be of higher quality and I would suspect that this is not an easy patch to find on the lose a yet still on the uniform. I got lucky and land two. The possibilities are endless here.

 

First up a close up of one of the patches.

 

Hey there. Did the 23rd SWAD have berets? If so, what color were they?

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