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A Classic pair of Randolph Aviator Sunglasses.
This make and style was popular with Army and Navy Aviators in Vietnam 1965's/70's. Good condition but no case.
This grouping consists of the following items:-
1. A super rare Nam made ERDL pattern Cammo Beret with a theater made 3rd Marines patch to the front and then inside is a Trigerstripe fold out peak, which converts the beret into a Marine Corps utility cap. Used and worn condition.
I have never seen this in 40 years of collecting/dealing.
2. Next is a 3rd Re Con Bn patch theater machine made patch. Measures 4 1/2" x 3 /2"
3. A smaller 3rd REcon Bn Patch theater made. Measures 3" x 3 1/2".
4. Nam made beercan to the 1st Force Recon with clutch back fittings.
5. Marine Corps collar insignia and a Corporal collar rank in subdued.
6. 1st Recon DI with clutch back fittings.
7. Marine Corps wooden plaque measures 4" x 4"
8. Two period photographs of troops wearing Tigerstripe and ERDL.
The 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division, were the first Marines to be sent to Vietnam in March 1965 to protect the Da Nang Air Base. On 6 May 1965, the 3rd Marine Division opened the Marine Compound at the Da Nang Air Base, Vietnam. By the end of 1965 the division had all its regiments 3rd Marines, 4th Marines and 9th Marines on the ground. Major operations in 1967 and early 1968 in this area were Operation Prairie III, Operation Prairie IV, Operation Hickory I, Operation Cimarron, Operation Buffalo, Operation Kingfisher and Operation Kentucky.
The Marines suffered over 1400 killed and over 9,000 wounded. There were five Medals of Honor awarded and nearly 40 Navy Crosses given during this period of time. For extraordinary heroism in the Republic of Vietnam from 8 March 1965 to 15 September 1967, the division was awarded the Navy Presidential Unit Citation.Departed Vietnam November 69.
The grouping consists of the following items:-
1. Vietnam in country made Tigerstripe beret in used, faded and worn condition. Pinned to the front is a Vietnam made 101st Airborne beercan insignia.
2. Hand machine made "1 Tiger Force 327 Airborne" patch in un-used mint condition.
3. A standard 101st patch with separate tab.
4. Two period photographs. The group has "Vietnam 1968 Camp Eagle 101sr Recon" typed on the back.
Tiger Force was the name of a long-range reconnaissance patrol unit of the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 327th Infantry, 1st Brigade (Separate), 101st Airborne Division, which fought in the Vietnam War from 1966. The platoon-sized unit, approximately 45 paratroopers, founded in November 1965 to "outguerrilla the guerrillas". Tiger Force (Recon) 1-327th was a highly decorated small unit in Vietnam, and paid for its reputation with heavy casualties. In October 1968, Tiger Force's parent battalion was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation by President Lyndon B. Johnson, which included a mention of Tiger Force's service at Đắk Tô in June 1966. Tiger Force has been subject of investigations for war crimes.
Coastal Division 12 operated Swift Boats or PCF's out of DaNang from January 1966 until February 1970 when it transferred it's assets to the Vietnam Navy.
This grouping consists of the following items:-
1. Vietnam made Beret, with Saigon tailor label, local made beret flash for US Naval Forces Vietnam encased in plastic and Vietnam Rank Lotus Blossom for Trung-Uy or U.S. Lieutenant.
2. Coastal Division 12 Plaque on stand measures 11" Tall by 8" wide.
3. 12 Division Zippo Style Lighter by Dalmin.
4. Coastal Squadron One Swift badge with plastic clutch fittings.
5. Two photographs taken on the U.S.Navy handover parade to the RVN Navy February 1970.
A early 1960's U.S.Army Special Forces Para oval. Embroidered on twill in mint condition.
75th Ranger Arc embroidered on twill in mint condition with a Vietnam tab and a Ranger metal arc with clutch back fittings.
Two items, a 1st Ranger Arc in subdue embroidered on twill. Together with a Ranger arc on metal with clutch back fittings.
This is a group of Enlisted Ranks badges consisting of:-
1. Pair of Specialist 7 Rank clutch back fittings marked K21.
2. Pair of Specialist 6 Rank clutch back fittings marked G1.
3. Pair of Specialist 5 Rank clutch back fittings marked GI.
4. Private 1st Class Rank clutch back fittings marked LS GI.
5. Pair of First Sergeant Rank clutch back fittings marked Krew GI to the back.
5. Paratrooper with combat jump star, clutch back fittings, marked D22.
Here is a lot of 5 pieces consisting of:-
1. Pair of Sergeant rank in metal with clutch back fittings. Marked L.I.G.I to the backs.
2. Vietnam tab patch.
3. Helicopter Assault qualified, metal badge with clutch back fittings. Marked Krew G.I. on the back.
4. Helicopter Assault qualified cloth badge
Sold as a lot.
Here is a lot of six Paratrooper qualifications consisting of :-
1. Basic Paratrooper jump wing, metal, subdued black with clutch back fittings, marked D22 to the back.
2. Basic Paratrooper jump wings, embroidered in subdued black cotton.
3. Senior Paratrooper jump wing, metal, subdued black with clutch back fittings, marked D22 to the back.
4. Senior Paratrooper jump wings, embroidered in subdued black cotton.
5. Master Paratrooper jump wing, metal, subdued black with clutch back fittings, marked D22 to the back.
6.Master Paratrooper jump wings, embroidered in subdued black cotton.
All in un-issued mint condition.
Sold as a lot of 6
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