Friday, January 29, 2016

6th Battalion Vietnamese Marines Patch - TQLC Tiểu đoàn 6 Thần Ưng

Silk woven 6th Battalion Vietnamese Marines patch, circa 1960s-70s, RVNHS Archive.

                    The 6th Battalion of the Republic of Vietnam Marines was established in 1966. The motto of the unit was Thần Ưng ("Sacred Bird"). From its inception through 1975, the 6th Battalion would participate in every major engagement of the Republic of Vietnam Marines. A famous photo exists showing marines of the 6th Battalion raising the Republic of Vietnam flag after the victory at the Quảng Trị citadel in 1972. Battalion patches, like the one shown here, would be worn on the right sleeve at the shoulder. The general Republic of Vietnam Marines patch would be worn on the left, sometimes with an additional patch on the right pocket.

6th Battalion Vietnamese Marines raising the Republic of Vietnam flag
at the Quảng Trị citadel, 1972.

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