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MACV Advisory Team 162 Shirt - ARVN ABN - One Of A Kind

MACV Advisory Team 162 Shirt - ARVN ABN

Product Code: T162-Shirt Category: One Of A Kind

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This is an incredibly rare shirt from MACV Team 162, the advisory group to the South Vietnamese Airborne. The advisors were known for wearing uniforms modified in the French style and this shirt is no exception. The shirt is a poplin ERDL jungle coat that has had the lower pockets removed and the length shortened (part of the lower tag is still present inside). There is a small velcro square at the bottom of the button closure to help keep the shirt closed and looking neat. The upper pockets were reworked and zippers added to the inside edge of the pockets. The shirt has a Vietnamese Jump Status Indicator on the left chest pocket, a Vietnamese Parachute Qualification on the right chest, and the woven Vietnamese Airborne Division patch on the left sleeve. The left chest also has incountry hand embroidered US ARMY tape, CIB, and Senior Parachute Qualification Badge; these are all embroidered on ripstop ERDL. The collars have hand embroidered Sergeant First Class rank (SFC / E-7). The rarest patch of all is the 3rd Parachute Battalion (Tieu Doan Nhay Du) designator on the top of the left shoulder. These are typically seen on epaulets but this shirt does not have any so they sewed it directly to the top of the shoulder area. These are rarely seen present on these shirts and original woven patches are not common.

This is a super rare shirt in amazing condition and a desirable size (Medium Regular). It is free from damage, no major holes or fraying, just small spots from wear and alteration, and it has incredible insignia. The only thing that would make it better would be if it still had the name tape on it.

Some historical information on the unit that this shirt came from. The "Red Hats” were members of Airborne Advisory Team 162, Airborne Division Advisory Detachment, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV). Team 162 provided military assistance to the Vietnamese Airborne Division from 1962 to 1973. Red Hats take their name from the red berets worn by South Vietnamese troops and U.S. advisors in the division.

Team 162 constituted the largest U.S. advisory effort of the Vietnam War. Some 1,200 soldiers were assigned to Team 162 during its 11 years of service. Airborne experience was a prerequisite for assignment. Most team members had served with the 11th, 82nd or 101st Airborne Divisions. In addition, the team included U.S. Air Force forward air controllers. They were called “Red Markers” for their ability to mark targets during battle.

Thirty-four soldiers and three airmen from Team 162 were killed in action. That was the most of any advisory team in Vietnam At last count 34 former team members became General Officers (Pete Dawkins, Norman Schwarzkopf, Barry McCaffrey, James Lindsey, Jim Vaught, Joe Kinzer, John LeMoyne, Guy Meloy and Herb Lloyd just to name a few) and 78 Sergeants Major. One Red Hat earned the Medal of Honor (Louis Rocco). Many more received Distinguished Service Crosses and several Vietnamese Airborne Battalions were awarded Presidential Unit Citations American

Airborne advisors took part in training and combat operations at every level of the Vietnamese unit from battalion to division. Initial advisory duties emphasized planning, training and logistical issues. Later, Team 162 jumped with their Vietnamese counterparts.
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This is an incredibly rare shirt from MACV Team 162, the advisory group to the South Vietnamese Airborne. The advisors were known for wearing uniforms modified in the French style and this shirt is no exception. The shirt is a poplin ERDL jungle coat that has had the lower pockets removed and the length shortened (part of the lower tag is still present inside). There is a small velcro square at the bottom of the button closure to help keep the shirt closed and looking neat. The upper pockets were reworked and zippers added to the inside edge of the pockets. The shirt has a Vietnamese Jump Status Indicator on the left chest pocket, a Vietnamese Parachute Qualification on the right chest, and the woven Vietnamese Airborne Division patch on the left sleeve. The left chest also has incountry hand embroidered US ARMY tape, CIB, and Senior Parachute Qualification Badge; these are all embroidered on ripstop ERDL. The collars have hand embroidered Sergeant First Class rank (SFC / E-7). The rarest patch of all is the 3rd Parachute Battalion (Tieu Doan Nhay Du) designator on the top of the left shoulder. These are typically seen on epaulets but this shirt does not have any so they sewed it directly to the top of the shoulder area. These are rarely seen present on these shirts and original woven patches are not common. This is a super rare shirt in amazing condition and a desirable size (Medium Regular). It is free from damage, no major holes or fraying, just small spots from wear and alteration, and it has incredible insignia. The only thing that would make it better would be if it still had the name tape on it. Some historical information on the unit that this shirt came from. The "Red Hats” were members of Airborne Advisory Team 162, Airborne Division Advisory Detachment, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV). Team 162 provided military assistance to the Vietnamese Airborne Division from 1962 to 1973. Red Hats take their name from the red berets worn by South Vietnamese troops and U.S. advisors in the division. Team 162 constituted the largest U.S. advisory effort of the Vietnam War. Some 1,200 soldiers were assigned to Team 162 during its 11 years of service. Airborne experience was a prerequisite for assignment. Most team members had served with the 11th, 82nd or 101st Airborne Divisions. In addition, the team included U.S. Air Force forward air controllers. They were called “Red Markers” for their ability to mark targets during battle. Thirty-four soldiers and three airmen from Team 162 were killed in action. That was the most of any advisory team in Vietnam At last count 34 former team members became General Officers (Pete Dawkins, Norman Schwarzkopf, Barry McCaffrey, James Lindsey, Jim Vaught, Joe Kinzer, John LeMoyne, Guy Meloy and Herb Lloyd just to name a few) and 78 Sergeants Major. One Red Hat earned the Medal of Honor (Louis Rocco). Many more received Distinguished Service Crosses and several Vietnamese Airborne Battalions were awarded Presidential Unit Citations American Airborne advisors took part in training and combat operations at every level of the Vietnamese unit from battalion to division. Initial advisory duties emphasized planning, training and logistical issues. Later, Team 162 jumped with their Vietnamese counterparts.
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