You are bidding on a Vietnam War MACV SOG 5th SPECIAL FORCES (De Oppresso Libre) Machine Embroidered patch with Rare Vietnam Paper backing. It is Machine embroidered floss throughout. The condition is excellant condition with only slight soiling or stain. Patch age unknown, Rare MACV SOG The patch measures approx 2-1/2 x 3 inches. Military Special Forces Patches HistorySpecial forces personnel began serving in the Republic of Vietnam in 1957. During the early days of the Vietnam military build up, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy sent Special Forces Units to South Vietnam in a special advisory capacity. In September 1962, United States Special Forces, Vietnam (Provisional) was formed from members of the First Group, stationed on Okinawa, and the Fifth and Seventh Groups from Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The soldiers, operating in small units, created many patch designs, which were locally manufactured and, in many cases, handmade. The first insignia, of course, was the beret flash, which combined the yellow from the first group, black from the Fifth, and red from the Seventh and incorporated them with a bend with bendlets that represented the flag of the Republic of Vietnam. This flash, designed by Colonel George Morton, eventually became the insignia of the Fifth Special Forces Group. Popular among the recon teams known as “Mike Force,” which is the universal corruption of “Mobile Strike Force,” was the use of state names, some of which appear here. As state names were used up, names of snakes (for example, the Adder, Anaconda, and Cobra) became popular. The motto “We Kill For Peace” was almost universally used by these units. The collector will find that many of the MACV-SOG insignia were all originally hand-sewn and can be found later reproduced machine-sewn in copied versions and in many variants. This is due to the fact that many of the insignia were originally Hand-Made “in country” which were unauthorized wear and preferred by Special Forces Soldiers for there unique individuality and flare being all completely hand made, with no two exactly alike. Most Hand-Made patches were unauthorized wear which the Special Forces Soldiers again preferred, issued to Special Forces trained Indigenous Tribesman and new arrivals and/or new recon team members signifying their fighting skills and acceptance as being attached to the team. It is interesting to note that the Green Berets in many cases wore their patches inside the green beret. It was placed there in keeping with the covert nature of their missions. Besides recon teams, MACV-SOG also deployed exploitation teams or “hatchet teams” which were of platoon size and consisted of Americans and indigenous troops. The most famous, all highly classified areas of operations were along the Ho Chi Minh trail, into Cambodia and Laos.Information extracted from the book “US ARMY PATCHES” by Barry Jason SteinThe Cloth Insignia Of The Vietnam War – The patches of the Vietnam war present a very interesting study because this is the first time where a fairly large number of in-country made patches were developed. The government issued patches had some new designs and saw the introduction of the subdued styles. Several soldiers took it upon themselves to contract with local seamstresses to create patches. some of them were replicas of existing ones while others were brand new. The Vietnam war saw the birth of a wide flurry of homemade (in-country made), unauthorized cloth insignia. When the US Army started fighting the Vietcong with guerrilla tactics, several small and specialized groups were formed. Groups such as MACV SOG Special Forces Groups made their way into history. Often times the unauthorized insignia was worn in hidden places such as inside hats and berets. The insignia provided a sense of unity, achievement and belonging. The example displayed in this page shows the same type of construction as that employed with similar patches that were worn inside berets and hats. Rare, Theater Machine Made Patch.US Special ForcesGreen BeretsBeret InsertUnited States Special ForcesMilitary Assistance Command VietnamCommand and Control SouthMeasures approx. 3 X 3-5/8 inches Search-Location-and-Annihilation MissionSpecial Forces, Airborne EliteUS Special ForcesPatch of the US, 5th Special Forces Group Airborne.Offiically set up in 1965 Mike Force was originally called the “Mobile Guerilla Force” due to the nature of the actions performed by this group in conjunction with the Nung Tribesmen since early 1964.Headquartered / Located at Nha Trang, Mike Force had the selection of the best of the Indigenous forces available including tribesmen Nung of the Rhade, Raglia, Koho, Nung and Cham with the entire contingent of the both the Nung and Rhade rated as ‘Superb’ in their jungle fighting skills and all airborne qualified. The standards of the other tribesmen allocated/choosen to fight with Mike Force was well above that of the normal Indigenous combatant.In total, approximately 40% of the indigenous combatants were Special Forces trained and qualified. (totalling over 1,000 men at Nha Trang alone).Unusually, the area of operation of the 5th Mike Force at Nha Trang was ‘Vietnam’ and not restricted to oeprations in any particular zone.Used for re-inforcement of indigenous positions the Mobile Strike Force (Reaction Force) was also used for Recon Ambush, Recon and Combat, Rapid Insertion, Jungle Tracking and Neutralization and were capable of operating in areas considered as VC / NVA Strongholds for period of more than 60 days without re-supply or contact if necessary. JUNGLE FIGHTERS ASSOCIATION, Hero of the Oppressed SLAM Company (SLAM, Search-Location-and-Annihilation Mission Company). 1st SLAM Company – based at BAN ME THUOT – Rare Beret Insert Patch(SLAM, Search-Location-and-Annihilation Mission Company).The smallest of the Command and Control Centres, Southern CC was formed in November 1967 and remained active until April 1972 (although certain elements remained in-coutnry after this time as part of TASK Force Element 3). Primary role was to conduct cross border, unconventional classified warfare missions into Cambodia. – In total, 4 SLAM Companies operated within Command and Control South.The SLAM companies were formed as an opportunist group in an effort to exploit any situations that may arise with their platoons capable of immediate dispersion and able to operate independently for prolonged periods of time.The smallest of the Command and Control Centres, Southern CC was formed in November 1967 and remained active until April 1972 (although certain elements remained in-coutnry after this time as part of TASK Force Element 3). Primary role was to conduct cross border, unconventional classified warfare missions into Cambodia. – In total, 4 SLAM Companies operated within Command and Control South in conjunction with Spike Recon Teams, Roadrunner Units and Hatchet Forces.Rare PieceBeret insert HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE PATCH Buyer to send payment within 3 days of listing end. 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