Original U.S. Vietnam War MACV Pocket Radio and “Viet Cong Hunting Club” Patch Grouping - 2 Items

Item Description

Original Items: Only One Grouping Available. U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) was a joint-service command of the United States Department of Defense.

MACV was created on 8 February 1962, in response to the increase in United States military assistance to South Vietnam. MACV was first implemented to assist the Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) Vietnam, controlling every advisory and assistance effort in Vietnam, but was reorganized on 15 May 1964 and absorbed by MAAG Vietnam to its command when combat unit deployment became too large for advisory group control.

MACV was disestablished on 29 March 1973 and replaced by the Defense Attaché Office (DAO), Saigon. The DAO performed many of the same roles of MACV within the restrictions imposed by the Paris Peace Accords until the Fall of Saigon.

The first commanding general of MACV (COMUSMACV), General Paul D. Harkins, was also the commander of MAAG Vietnam, and after reorganization was succeeded by General William C. Westmoreland in June 1964, followed by General Creighton W. Abrams (July 1968) and General Frederick C. Weyand (June 1972).

The Items In This Grouping:
- U.S. Forces MACV Pocket Radio: This is a lovely mid-1960s pocket sized transistor radio. Items such as these would have been purchased either in the local markets or at a post exchange when troops were able to go on R&R. The radio itself measures 4” x 2 ½” and features a lovely MACV shield insignia in the upper left corner, a map of Vietnam and a dragon are around the center speaker with U.S. Forces Vietnam along the bottom. The images are still very clear with minor scuffing and scratches on the clear plastic face. The radio is a Chatcom model VM-600 and was manufactured in Hong Kong. We have not function checked the radio due to one of the 9 volt battery connectors missing. This should be an easy fix if you would wish to do so.

- “Cheap Charlie” Viet Cong Hunting Club Patch: When people refer to "Cheap Charlie" patches they are referring to patches made in Vietnam in a specific patch shop in Saigon. This patch shop made patches for the GI's / soldiers that came in and ordered them, but also made some for dealers who were selling them to patch collectors in the US at the same time. This 4 ½” x 4 ½” patch features an all yellow design with 3 red lines in the smaller, center circle. The outside border has the text VIET CONG HUNTING CLUB with a silhouette of a VC soldier in the center. The patch is embroidered and still retains original paper on the back with Vietnamese writing on it.

Both items are in lovely condition and come more than ready to display!

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