Saturday, October 24, 2015
Vietnamese Ranger Berets - Biệt Ðộng Quân QVLNCH
Vietnamese ranger with beret, RVNHS Archive, 1966.
Vietnamese ranger beret with bullion badge, RVNHS Archive.
Vietnamese ranger in beret, 1960s.
Vietnamese ranger beret with metal badge, RVNHS Archive.
Examples of different styles of Vietnamese ranger beret badges, RVNHS Archive.
Officers' berets were often of better quality, but many enlisted personnel also wore finer quality berets. Thus, the same beret could be worn by either officer or enlisted members. Rank was sometimes added to the berets near the area surrounding the badge. This typically would be a regular metal rank pinned onto the beret, but instances of embroidered rank insignia can also be encountered in period photographs.
Vietnamese rangers in discussion with an American advisor. Note the clasp-style rank normally worn on the chest, being worn by the Vietnamese ranger officer third from left
below his beret badge, mid-1960s, RVNHS Archive.
A general's rank Vietnamese ranger beret, RVNHS Archive.
Vietnamese rangers in berets with family at the Saigon Zoo, 1970s, RVNHS Archive.
Vietnamese ranger veterans at an event in San Jose, California, 2013.