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Son Tay Raid Patches - Attributed

John Fushi

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Operation Ivory Coast was a mission conducted by United States Special Operations Forces and other American military elements to rescue U.S. prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. It was also the first joint military operation in United States history conducted under the direct control of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

All of the Patches are attributed 


“Mushroom Patch” - Operation KINGPIN Son Tay Raider, Air Element 1970
The patch was worn by air force troops who participated in the raid. The inscription "KITD/FOHS" refers to the fact that the air force support elements were not privy to much of the information about the raid; hence, "KEPT IN THE DARK / FED ONLY HORSE SH*T." This statement is also alluded to in the design of a pair of worried eyes peeking out from under a mushroom.

Son-Tay “Fruit Patch”- Operation KINGPIN Son Tay Raider, Air Element Gaggle 1970
Represents the call signs of mission aircraft used in direct support of the Son Tay Raid: Cherry 1-2, C-130 Hercules; Apple 1-5, HH-53 Super Jolly Green Giant; Lime 1, HC-130P King; Banana, HH-3 Jolly Green Giant (with Blue Boy assault team aboard); & Peach 1-5, A-1 Skyraider.





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