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My new find 1968 Named US ARMY JUNGLE JACKET with ARVN Rank,Full insignias.


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It’s at least MACV Military assistance command Viet Nam. The airborne rocker on the 1st Cav is unusual, all in all a nice shirt.

The Jump Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Div was the 1st Brigade, or 1st Brigade (Airborne), this was essentially the old 11th Air Assault Division reflagged, despite it being a division, the 11th Air Assault Division was really only brigade strength, and consisted of jump units, though they didn't make any jumps as far as we know. The rest of the 1st Cavalry Div was the 2nd Infantry Division co-located at Benning, reflagged. The Infantry of the 1st Bde (Abn) 1st Cav Div was the 1st and 2nd Battalions 8th Cavalry, and the 1st Battalion 12th Cavalry, and sundry units, like one of the Artillery Battalions, and one company I believe of Engineers.

 

The jump status of the 1st Bde (Abn) was maintained till August 1966, at that point it was taken off jump status, this was done because of a critical shortage of jump qualified EMs, particular 11 Series Infantry EMs, not only in country, where there were two more jump units, the 173rd Airborne Brigade (Sep), and the 1st Brigade 101st Airborne Division, but also Army Wide, IE, the rest of the 101 back at Campbell, the whole 82nd at Bragg, the several separate jump units like the Charlie Airborne's in the 171st and 172nd Infantry Brigade's separate up in Alaska, and those in 193rd Infantry Brigade (Sep) in Panama, also that jump brigade in the 8th Infantry Division in West Germany, not to mention EMs who wanted to go SF.

 

Indeed, when the remainder of the 101 arrived in country in late 1967, it was in short order taken off status, to include it now married up 1st Brigade, and made an airmobile division, so too the 3rd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division which came over in February 1968, they simply could not man the units with enough jump qualifed people. These units remained straight leg infantry for the rest of the war, though they did carry a certain esprit de corps, particularly the 101.1st Bde (Abn)

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A Rank of vets of B Co 1st Battalion 8th Cavalry (Abn), 1st Brigade (Abn) 1st Cavalry Division in attendance at the Medal of Honor presentation ceremony for their old buddy Sergeant David Dolby at the White House in October 1967. Here we see the AIRBORNE tab worn by vets of this unit of the 1965-66 period, vets who later served in either the 1/8, 2/8, 1/12 Cavs would not wear the AIRBORNE tab over their Cav patch as the unit these battalions belonged to, the 1st Brigade was taken off jump status in late 1966.

 

In the photo too we can make out the DIs of the currently serving units of the first two GIs in the rank, the first we see the 505th Inf (82nd Abn Div) and the second the Infantry Center & School, they also wear the Presidential Unit Citation with some with what looks like 1 OLC or 2 OLCs, if 2 OLCs, these would be for Pleiku (23 Oct-26 Nov 1965, 1st Cav Div cited ) Trung Luong (21 June-22 June 1966, 1st Bn [less A Co] cited), and Binh Thuan Province (B Co 1st Bn 8th Cavalry cited).

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"After attending Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned as an infantry officer. He served in Vietnam from July 1965 to August 1966 and participated in the Battle of Ia Drang Valley during the Pleiku campaign."

 

Nice find.

Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

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