Monday, October 14, 2013

ARVN 9th Infantry Regiment Captured Viet Cong Flag

ARVN Airborne Officers with Captured Communist Flags
As a general practice, RVNHS only acquires material relating to the Republic of Vietnam and its armed forces. However, a slight exception we made some months ago was this period flag of the National Liberation Front, AKA "Viet Cong / VC." The reason for this exception was the unique feature that this flag was captured and kept as a souvenir by the 8th Company of the 2nd Battalion of the 9th Regiment of the 5th Infantry Division of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam.
The flag is marked in Vietnamese as having been captured by members of this unit on Highway 13, near Chan Thanh, on February 15th, 1973.
The 9th ARVN Infantry Regiment Captured Flag
The flag is signed by officers of the 8th Company, and it was later given to the unit's American advisor who brought it back to the United States. And, this is how it has been kept in the years since, before coming into our possession recently. Captured enemy flags are among the possessions veterans tend to keep, but although such flags captured by American forces are common, it is rare to encounter a piece with strong provenance marked to an ARVN / QLVNCH unit as most of these stayed in Vietnam and were lost or destroyed in 1975.
Insignia Variations for the 9th ARVN Infantry Regiment