Wednesday, July 29, 2015

QLVNCH Officer Beret ARVN

QLVNCH Tan Officer Beret with Metal Badge, 1960s-70s, RVNHS Archive.
            Army of the Republic of Vietnam officer berets came in either black or tan colors. Badges could be either bullion or metal. Officer badges were gold, while enlisted ranks were silver. The beret shown here is tan with a metal officer badge in gold. The pattern of the badge (eagle with Republic of Vietnam flag crest) was used from the mid-1960s through 1975. Such a beret was worn by any officer from the rank of second lieutenant through general. Officers from all branches of the regular army wore these berets, which included infantry regiments, logistical groups, artillery units, and regional and popular forces to name a few. The metal beret badge was of the same pattern, but smaller scale than the badge used on visor caps.
An army first lieutenant with bullion badge version of this beret (second from right) being decorated with the Police Merit Medal along with National Police personnel, 1960s-70s.

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