Original U.S. Vietnam War Tiger Stripe Camouflage Boonie Hat - Souvenier Bring Back
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a great condition Vietnam War "Tiger Stripe" camouflage Boonie Cap which was manufactured in Vietnam. This type of boonie was used by the MACV-SOG in the field. This example is cotton with an interior sweatband. A very nice example, in size 6 1/2 US (52cm). The hat features four patches as follows:
- Flag of the Kingdom of Thailand
- Flag of South Vietnam
- Flag of Laos
- American Flag
As well as embroidery around the brim that reads:
Military Assistance Command, Vietnam – Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG) was a highly classified, multi-service United States special operations unit which conducted covert unconventional warfare operations prior to and during the Vietnam War.
Established on 24 January 1964, the unit conducted strategic reconnaissance missions in the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), Laos, and Cambodia; carried out the capture of enemy prisoners, rescued downed pilots, conducted rescue operations to retrieve prisoners of war throughout Southeast Asia, and conducted clandestine agent team activities and psychological operations.
The unit participated in most of the significant campaigns of the Vietnam War, including the Gulf of Tonkin incident which precipitated increased American involvement, Operation Steel Tiger, Operation Tiger Hound, the Tet Offensive, Operation Commando Hunt, the Cambodian Campaign, Operation Lam Son 719, and the Easter Offensive. The unit was downsized and renamed Strategic Technical Directorate Assistance Team 158 on 1 May 1972, to support the transfer of its work to the Strategic Technical Directorate of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam – part of the Vietnamization effort.
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