Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Early Army of the Republic of Vietnam Collar Rank 1950s-60s - QLVNCH
Ngo Dinh Diem with officer at back with early army collar insignia, January 1, 1960,
courtesy of Getty Images.
In the early years of the Republic of Vietnam, 1950s to the early 1960s, a collar insignia was worn as part of the dress uniform by soldiers. The insignia consisted of a crossed rifle and sword surmounted by a helmet. It was a standard army branch insignia, and was worn on formal dress uniforms with high standing collars, as well as occasionally on khaki shirt collars. In later years, the formal dress uniform would become a different pattern with a flat lapel collar and no collar branch insignia. In this post we would like to highlight this early insignia by showing examples from the RVNHS Archive.
Early period Army of the Republic of Vietnam collar insignia. Left- bullion, Right- Metal. Circa 1950s-early 1960s, RVNHS Archive.