Original U.S. Vietnam War Locally Made Boonie Tropical Hat with 82nd Airborne Insignia
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 "Daisey Mae" cap, but much more practical.
These leopard spot or tigerstripe 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 a very nice 82nd Airborne patch attached to it. The interior of the cap bears the paper label of the Saigon-based manufacturer:
29 Pham ngu Lao Street
Phone 23 664 SAIGON VN
The name of the manufacturer seems to translate roughly to "Blessed Hero". The cap is in very good condition, and seems to be around a size 7.The Attached 82nd Airborne patch also looks t be locally made, and has a camouflage background. It is however still well executed, and quite attractive.
A very nice Vietnam war cap marked to the 82nd Airborne. Ready to add to your collection!
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