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3 hours ago, Cobra Jock said:

Here's my 1976 photo of the NCO's of B Co 1/29 (ABN-RGR). Ranger qualified personnel had a Ranger tab sewn above the beret flash.

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Ah yes the Famous Bravo Rangers,thanks for posting this.

 

There was talk if the company was a actual Ranger unit or not. If you can add more info on the company in those days please do

 

 

 

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I joined C Company 1/29th (ABN-RGR) in August of 1974. Me and two other guys from A Co 1/29th: Karl Kurtz and Roger Bracket, all went to the Ranger Company to interview with the CO to obtain a letter of acceptance. Captain Robert L. Howard (Medal of Honor recipient) was then commanding. We were a bit intimidated but the interview went well and we were accepted. The unit was based at Harmony Church at the time. Funny, I remember running out to Victory Pond one morning just after I got there and, not accustomed to the pace, hills, or distance, I had to pull off for a quick barf.  While doing that I heard someone nearby doing the same - it was CPT Howard. I didn't feel so bad then. Upon returning to the Company area, the CO promoted a few of us PVTs to PFC. My platoon sergeant was SFC Riley, can't recall who the TOP was. The 1/29th moved to Kelly Hill in 1975 and reorganized, changing the company from "C" to "B." We maintained the 75th INF lineage at least until I left there in Aug 1977. Commanders while I was there were CPTs Howard, Hanson, and Nishimoto. Those b&w photos of C Co are great with many familiar faces.

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11 hours ago, Cobra Jock said:

I joined C Company 1/29th (ABN-RGR) in August of 1974. Me and two other guys from A Co 1/29th: Karl Kurtz and Roger Bracket, all went to the Ranger Company to interview with the CO to obtain a letter of acceptance. Captain Robert L. Howard (Medal of Honor recipient) was then commanding. We were a bit intimidated but the interview went well and we were accepted. The unit was based at Harmony Church at the time. Funny, I remember running out to Victory Pond one morning just after I got there and, not accustomed to the pace, hills, or distance, I had to pull off for a quick barf.  While doing that I heard someone nearby doing the same - it was CPT Howard. I didn't feel so bad then. Upon returning to the Company area, the CO promoted a few of us PVTs to PFC. My platoon sergeant was SFC Riley, can't recall who the TOP was. The 1/29th moved to Kelly Hill in 1975 and reorganized, changing the company from "C" to "B." We maintained the 75th INF lineage at least until I left there in Aug 1977. Commanders while I was there were CPTs Howard, Hanson, and Nishimoto. Those b&w photos of C Co are great with many familiar faces.

Thank you for that detailed response.

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On 11/22/2019 at 5:10 PM, firefighter said:

A 1st Group trooper with a red beret instead of green, why?Posted Image

 

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He is In the Support Unit.

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On 10/11/2017 at 3:34 PM, seanmc1114 said:

When were the colors of the South Vietnamese flag added back to the 5th Special Forces Group flash?

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Around 2016.  Oval has had it for a long time.

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On 10/12/2017 at 10:33 AM, seanmc1114 said:

Is the Ranger beret an organizational item or a personal item? The reason I ask is that I notice that the current and prior commanders of the joint-service U.S. Special Operations Command who were Army generals all seem to have worn the Ranger beret, either black in the 90s or tan today. Is that because they are personally Ranger qualified or is the USSOC considered a Ranger unit by the Army? I would think if anything it would be considered Airborne and the soldiers assigned to it would wear the maroon beret.

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If you are part of SOCOM you wear a maroon beret unless you were were a long tabbed (then green) or if you had ever been assigned to RGR RGT, then you wear that beret

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An Early 1967 photo of ROTC Cadets of an unidentified school, undergoing training at an unidentified Army Post, these Cadets are wearing Black Berets at this date, they are wearing no other insignia IE Flashes or Bars, other than their School's DI, of which we can not tell. Note too the use of the Garands and M1910 Cartridge Belts and Canteen Covers, and no doubt Bandage Pouches and the M1945 Packs.

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On 6/11/2020 at 5:22 PM, Skysoldier80 said:

He is In the Support Unit.

 Notice the lack of the Special Forces tab (AKA the long tab) that would show completion of the "Q" course. SF is an airborne unit so everyone assigned there will wear a maroon beret. Support personnel and anyone else who is not SF qualified will wear the maroon and not the green beret. That includes their doctors, linguists, supply, drivers, mechanics, admin clerks... etc.

In the 70s to the 80s they would wear a green beret but instead of the full flash they would have a stripe in the same color and general design to show they weren't SF qualified. 

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On 7/17/2020 at 7:13 PM, patches said:

An Early 1967 photo of ROTC Cadets of an unidentified school, undergoing training at an unidentified Army Post, these Cadets are wearing Black Berets at this date, they are wearing no other insignia IE Flashes or Bars, other than their School's DI, of which we can not tell. Note too the use of the Garands and M1910 Cartridge Belts and Canteen Covers, and no doubt Bandage Pouches and the M1945 Packs.

rotc early 67.jpg

ROTC has their own allowed uniform modifications. These were probably doing something like the Ranger Challenge, where they do a series of tests in competition with other schools. Weapons qual, land nav, obstacle courses, PT test scores.

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3 hours ago, Unicorn said:

 Notice the lack of the Special Forces tab (AKA the long tab) that would show completion of the "Q" course. SF is an airborne unit so everyone assigned there will wear a maroon beret. Support personnel and anyone else who is not SF qualified will wear the maroon and not the green beret. That includes their doctors, linguists, supply, drivers, mechanics, admin clerks... etc.

In the 70s to the 80s they would wear a green beret but instead of the full flash they would have a stripe in the same color and general design to show they weren't SF qualified. 

Yes I am fully aware.  Thanks.

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7 hours ago, Unicorn said:

ROTC has their own allowed uniform modifications. These were probably doing something like the Ranger Challenge, where they do a series of tests in competition with other schools. Weapons qual, land nav, obstacle courses, PT test scores.

This was from an article from the June 1967 ARMY Magazines, no caption, just a general article on the integrated training ROTC Cadets had with the Regular Army, indicating they are just going through some training at an Army post along side a active division, wish the photo was captioned, you know with school they're from (We then could try and ID the unit crest they're wearing and bring up an image of it), the division that there training along side with,

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Fellow members, I would like it if you could take a look at the history section on the United States military beret flash Wikipedia article I have been working on.  Because it is Wikipedia, I cannot go into great detail on stuff but I can provide an overview with some detail.  I would enjoy reading your thoughts on what I may be missing from the history and any reputable sources that would help back them up.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_beret_flash

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