Original U.S. Vietnam War Era US Marine Corps, Fleet Marine Force, Recon Company Guidon - 28” x 22”
Original Item: Only One Available. The United States Marine Corps Reconnaissance Battalions (or commonly called Marine Division Recon) are the Special Operations Capable reconnaissance assets of Marine Air-Ground Task Force that provide division-level ground and amphibious reconnaissance to the Ground Combat Element within the United States Marine Corps. Division reconnaissance teams are employed to observe and report on enemy activity and other information of military significance in close operations. The Military Occupational Specialty code for Reconnaissance Marine is 0321.
As we do not know what specific division this company fell under, it is difficult to identify it to a certain element. The guidon itself is in lovely, unissued condition with crisp details and stitching. In the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, a guidon is a military standard or flag that company/battery/troop or platoon-sized detachments carry to signify their unit designation and branch/corps affiliation or the title of the individual who carries it. A basic guidon can be rectangular, but sometimes has a triangular portion removed from the fly (known as "swallow-tailed").
A Marine guidon is always rectangular, 22 by 28 inches (56 cm × 71 cm), with a scarlet field and gold lettering, and an Eagle, Globe, and Anchor centered.
Recruit training units do not have any branch of service indication on their guidons; boot camp platoon guidons only display the platoon number (such as "3081") During the first phase of training (i.e., before initial drill), the guidon has a red platoon number against a yellow/gold background. During the second and third phases of training, the guidon's foreground and background colorations are exchanged, yielding a yellow/gold platoon number against a scarlet background.
Fleet Marine Forces units have "FMF" emblazoned above the Marine Emblem, non infantry and artillery reserve units display "USMCR," while all infantry, artillery, and active units carry a "USMC". The regimental-level numeral will be displayed in the lower left corner, unless a higher or lower command numeral provides better identification (for example, a battalion HQ company would display the battalion's numeral instead of the regiment). The company level designation letter, abbreviated title, or number will be in the lower right corner.
Charlie Company 1st Battalion 7th Marines "Suicide Charley" is one of the only units authorized a second guidon in the United States Marine Corps. Charlie Company 1/7 a.k.a. "Suicide Charley" is authorized a white guidon with a skull and crossbones. Fox Company 2nd Battalion 5th Marines "Blackhearts" are authorized white markings on a black guidon, Crossed rifle and shattered paddle and a Ka-Bar inset behind a black heart logo; skull wearing camouflage "Boonie Cover" superimposed at center above "Blackhearts." The emblem is also seen on the Company's black T-shirts which are authorized for Company PT uniform in place of a green T-shirt. Versions of this emblem also have the words, "Special Operations Capable" across the bottom.
No additional attachments are authorized, including streamers, bands, or the like. Some units incorporate additional mascots into unofficial guidons.
A lovely example ready for display.
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