Original U.S. Vietnam War Conical Hat 18th Military Police Brigade Criminal Investigation Detachment

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Original Items: One-of-a-kind. This is a 1969 - 1970 dated U.S. military Vietnam was conical hat that was custom painted for a member of the 18th Military Police Brigade Criminal Investigation Detachment. The hat bears the distinctive unit insignia for the 18th Military Police Brigade as well as all MPs (crossed pistols) and reads:

Viet - Nam
69 - 70

Constructed of plastic, the interior still has the original Vietnamese maker label. Fascinating!

Members of the Headquarters and Headquarters detachment of the 18th Military Police Brigade deployed to Vung Tau, South Vietnam on 7 September 1966.

On 26 September 1966, the Brigade assumed operational control over all non-divisional military police units in the Republic of Vietnam. The Brigade was composed of three major subordinate elements; the 16th Military Police Group at Nha Trang, and the 89th Military Police Group and 8th Military Police Group (Criminal Investigation) at Long Binh.

The 16th and 89th Military Police Groups were composed of seven military police battalions, containing a mixture of military police and infantry companies. The units were stationed throughout every corps tactical zone in the Republic of Vietnam, ranging from Da Nang in the north to Soc Trang in the south. The total strength of the Brigade numbered more than 5,000 personnel.

Members of the Brigade performed a wide variety of missions including evacuation of prisoners of war, security of vessels and ports, convoy escort, security of vital installations and VIPs, maintenance of discipline, law and order, and direct support to combat operations. During the Tet Offensive, the 716th Military Police Battalion fought off a resolute Viet Cong unit determined to take over the US Embassy, while other 18th Brigade units performed similar duties in the Mekong Delta, Bien Hoa, the Central Highlands, and throughout the RVN. The Brigade completed its service in Vietnam and was deactivated on 20 March 1973 in Oakland, California
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