Sunday, November 8, 2015

ARVN Officer Visor Cap - QLVNCH

Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) junior officer dress visor cap,
1960s, RVNHS Archive.
                  This officer's visor cap was recently acquired by RVNHS. The gold eagle device and chinstrap denote it as a cap for junior officer ranks (2nd lieutenant to captain). Officers from major and above would have had gold embroidery on the brim of the visor. Two basic versions of army dress uniforms existed. One was khaki, and the other a darker brown (like this cap). On special occasions, white uniforms also existed, but for the most part officers only wore either khaki or dark brown uniforms.
Instructor at the Thu Duc Academy (Captain) with dress visor, late 1960s, RVNHS Archive.
               This particular cap was tailor made in Saigon, and is named to the original owner. Research has determined this individual was promoted to major in 1970, thus making this cap date to the 1960s. Republic of Vietnam military visor caps are much less seldom encountered than berets, and this piece comes as a welcome attention to the RVNHS collection.
Republic of Vietnam officer sightseeing at Arlington Cemetery while training in the US, 
 note: junior officer visors, 1960s.
Vietnamese officers at a graduation ceremony alongside international military observers, note: selection of junior officer visors in wear, February, 1975.

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