Original U.S. Vietnam War Direct Embroider Lime Green Dominant ERDL Boonie Hat with Veteran Personalization
Original Item: Only One Available. When one thinks of the Vietnam war, many things will come to mind, one of which may be the Boonie Tropical Hat. This style of hat was introduced to the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War, when U.S. Army Green Berets began wearing them in the field, along with Australian and Army of the Republic of Vietnam units. It was similar to the earlier 1941 "Daisy Mae" cap, but much more practical.
These leopard spot, tigerstripe or ERDL boonie hats were locally procured, and the camouflage cloth was usually salvaged from other uniform items, parachutes, or fabricated by a tailor. The name is derived from "boonie", the abbreviated form of boondocks (itself originally American military slang derived from Tagalog bundok, "mountain", during the Philippine-American War). The hat was similar to the hat worn with the pattern 1941 HBT fatigue uniform.
U.S. involvement lasted nearly 20 years, and large-scale direct involvement lasted at least 10, so local Vietnamese companies began to produce many items used in the conflict, including this very nice example of an "In Country" made Boonie hat, which has very nice personal embroidery done to it.
Left side embroidery:
P.G.A - DEWDROP
Right side embroidery:
The maker is unknown and the rough date and size estimate would be 1969 and 56cm(7-7 1/8) due to the nomenclature tag being missing. All stitching on the boonie is intact, there are no rips or tears in the fabric, all webbing is present around the crown and not damaged with the original chinstrap still attached to the boonie.
This would be the perfect addition to any Vietnam War enthusiast and historian!
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