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June 30, 2020 in CAN YOU I.D.?
I have three different theories about this all based on the "balls out" symbology depicted on the patch. The Horse - Cavalry, the Ski's - Skimmers or Foils, the Fan Propeller - also Skimmers, and the helmet which was necessary to use radio comms due to excessive noise from the fans.
On first glance, it's a Hydrofoil serving on Market Time interdiction missions. it has the foils, a Junk in the background, is heavily armed and has a flag. Examples would be the USS FLAGSTAFF (PGH-1) and the USS TUCUMCARI (PGH-2)
But I'm thinking this is a Game Warden patch for Riverine forces serving in the Mekong Delta
A better option is it's a Patrol Air Cushion Vehicle unit (PACV) serving on the Mekong Delta waterways operated by either the Navy or the Army. They were large heavily armed air cushion vehicles which had a pusher fan for propulsion.
Another good Riverine option
It could also be the smaller Navy or Army Hurricane Aircat airboat which was used extensively in the Mekong Delta by the Navy, 1st Air Cavalry, 5th Special Force Group, 9th Infantry and Mike Force units
The last clue is the ribbons on the patch which to me say "Vietnam Riverine Veteran" making this a post war Market Time and/or Game Warden patch for a reunion or veterans association.
There ya go.....
nice patch, only the second one I have ever seen, and yours seemed to have been sewn on at one time.
here is one I picked up a few years back, the previous owner had tried to identify it for years and never could.
WOW SOME ONE ELSE HAS SEEN AND HAS ONE.
I KNOW THEY HAD MANY RIVER UNITS BUT DIDN'T KNOW WHAT KIND.
THANKS FOR THE HELP AHR
I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE FL. & O's OF 121ST. 122ND. A/B UNITS IN GEORGIA.
1ST. I HAVE 121ST. FL. W/ YEL-GOLD BORDER LISTED AS CO. H , 121ST. INF. LRSD GANG - IS THERE A MATCHING OVAL ??
2ND. I HAVE 2 VERSIONS OF 122ND. OVALS ONE PEACHIE COLOR CENTER, SILVER EDGE LISTED AS 122ND. INF. LRS GANG
AND ONE THAT LOOKS LIKE THE FL. W/ SILVER EDGE , LT. BLUE UPPER LEFT, WHITE BAR, AND PEACHIE BOTTON RIGHT.
LISTED AS CO. H ,122ND INF. LRS GANG. NOW I JUST FOUND INFO NAMING THIS LAST SET AS 560TH. BATTLEFIELD SURVEILLANCE BRIG. IS THAT A NEW ASSIGNMENT AND RENAME ??
THANKS FOR LOOKING AHR
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