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SERGEANT FIRST CLASS METAL INSIGNIA
5TH GROUP SPECIAL FORCES PATCHES
VIETNAM WAR U.S. GOVERNMENT
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SPECIAL FORCES DI CRESTS
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A HISTORY OF THE YEARS 1961-1965 WHEN THE FIRST US COMBAT FORCES IN VIETNAM WERE MAINLY SPECIAL FORCES – IE: GREEN BERETS/SPECIAL FORCES AIRBORNE

FRENCH INDOCHINA Vs VIETNAM:

Before WWII , the French colonized Indochina.[Cambodia Laos Vietnam]. After the outbreak of WWII, the Japanese invaded Indochina but allowed the French to continue to Govern. In 1945 the Japanese, fearing US  invasion, rounded up the French and the French “puppet government ” and locked them up in what amounted to concentration camps. During this time, with US assistance, Vietnamese organized guerrilla units to harass the Japanese.

At the conclusion of WWII -1945- the French moved back into Vietnam. which led to the French Indochina War –and eventually the halving of Vietnam into South Vietnam [Republic of Chochinchina],   under French control, and North Vietnam, eventually under Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh Nationalists– Communists.

With the defeat of China’s Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist Army   in 1949 by the Chinese Communists, the US stepped up support for opposition groups through out Asia.   When war breaks out in Korea in 1950, with China jumping in, the US stepped up support for the French in Vietnam fearing a domino effect.

When both China and Russia recognized Ho Chi Minh’s Democratic Republic of   Vietnam and the Viet Minh Nationalists defeated the French in 1954, the US with UN Support, assisted in the establishment of a government in South Vietnam. By 1959, US military support by way of cash, arms and advisers were stepped up. In fact, the first US casualties in Vietnam occurred in 1959 when two U.S. military advisers, Maj. Dale Buis and Sgt. Chester Ovnand, were killed by Viet Minh guerrillas at Bien Hoa, South Vietnam.

( SEARCH: DIEN BEN PHU. A HISTORIC INCREDIBLE STORY OF THE FRENCH SPECIAL FORCES & THE COMING OF AGE OF GENERAL GIAP AND THE VIET MINH )

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U.S. SPECIAL FORCES & CIDG IN SOUTH VIETNAM:
( Civilian Irregular Defense Group )

In April of 1960, the 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces WWII Airborne was reconstituted.

The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) was officially activated in September of 1961 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, &, With the support of President Kennedy, RECEIVED PERMISSION TO WEAR THE GREEN BERET….

By 1962, elements of the 5th Special Forces Group began serving 6 month temporary tours of duty in Vietnam with a mission to advise and train the ARVN & ARVN SP -Vietnamese Special Forces, assist in building relationships with villagers, building schools,  infirmaries,  providing medical treatment, and creating Civilian Irregular Defense Groups in the villages and hamlets to combat the Viet Cong

[Viet Cong = guerrilla fighters in South Vietnam supported and directed by the North Vietnamese / “Viet Minh”- Viet Minh = Vietnam Independence League].

(To better understand what the mission was in 1962, Rent that famous 1968 movie ” Green Beret ”  starring John Wayne with its hit Green Beret soundtrack).

While Vietnamese Villagers were recruited into CIDG’s, the Special Forces began to recruit the largest minority group in Vietnam: the Montagnard.

(To better understand rent  the 1979 movie “Apocalypse Now” Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. With Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen & Robert Duvall.

The Montagnard was not an individual TRIBE or SINGLE peoples, rather, it was a term loosely applied to over 100 separate tribes constituting up to one million indigenous primitive mountain people scattered throughout Indochina. They lived in a tribal society that centered their livelihood and way of life on the village and slash-and-burn agriculture; setting them apart from the Vietnamese who inhabited the lowlands.

Though there were unique differences amongst the Montagnard peoples and villages,   the Montagnards as a whole had an ingrained hatred for the Vietnamese and an a historical desire to be independent and thus, they were more than likly candidates for the US Special Forces.

During the French Indochina War, both sides, the French, and the Viet Minh, worked to win the Montagnards to their side because they occupied territory of strategic value to what had initially become an insurgency

[(French Indochina: Cambodia Laos Vietnam)- but the term Indochina originally included all areas that were influenced by Indian & Chinese Influence. IE:   Cambodia Laos Vietnam Peninsular Malaysia Myanmar (Burma)    Singapore & Thailand (Siam)]

In 1961, it was estimated that twenty-nine tribes with nearly 200,000 peoples of different cultural characteristic and linguistic patterns lived in villages within the borders of South Vietnam.

The first “TRIBE”  to be approached to participate in the CIDG program were the Rhade. The Rhade, numbering around 100,000,    were the most influential and strategically located of the Montagnard tribes in the highlands of Vietnam. Though the largest concentration of Rhade were centered around the village of Ban Me Thuot in Darlac Province, they also had villages in   Quang Due, Phu Yen, and Khanh Hoa Provinces.

By April of 1962, a twelve-man U.S. Special Forces A detachment , with the assistance of the U.S. & Vietnamese Special Forces,    incorporated forty Rhade villages   into the CIDG ( Civilian Irregular Defense Group ) program.

By June of 1963, the U.S. Special Forces had trained    close to 11,000 strike force and 40,000 hamlet militia from over 800 villages in border surveillance and mountain scout programs, which included ambushes, reconnaissance patrols, and combat patrols.  With enough strike force troops, they switched from training to military operations against the Viet Cong..

By 1964, the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, with an authorized strength of 1,297, expanded their organization to face the new mission head on — to seek out and destroy the Viet Cong. This direct confrontation required a change of troop commitment from a 6 montn temporary deployment to a one-year permanent change of station.

Before the massive commitment of  U.S. conventional forces to South Vietnam in 1965/66, the U.S. Special Forces conducted counterinsurgency programs to destroy the Viet Cong, create secure environments and assist in establishing governmental control over the population–which included enlisting the Vietnam villagers active support of government’s programs.

By 1965 full deployment was completed with the main operational base headquartered at Nha Trang, and operational units deployed throughout South Vietnam to 270 established and manned camps and  locations. From these locations, the forces of the civilian irregular defense groups, including the Montagnards, as well as the regular units of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Vietnam were trained and led.

Though the 5th Special Forces Group Airborne was one of the smallest units during the entire Vietnam War,it’s soldiers were among the highest decorated — which included seventeen Medal  Medals of Honor,– and gathered twenty campaign streamers to their Colors.

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IN 1937 THE WYLER WATCH COMPANY CAUSED A STIR BY LAUNCHING A WATER RESISTANT WATCH THAT WAS NOT FITTED WITH THE CONVENTIONAL SOFT GASKETS. THE MINERAL GLASS WAS PRESSED IN BETWEEN THE EDGE OF THE CASE AND A PRESSED OR SCREWED BEZEL, THE GAP BETWEEN THE WINDING SHAFT AND THE WATCH CASE WAS SEALED HYDRAULICALLY BY FITTING THE WINDING SHAFT AND BUSHING TOGETHER IN THE SAME MATERIAL, TO  1/500mm.

THE FIRST CASES AND AS MOVEMENTS WERE SUPPLIED BY MARQUISE WATCH COMPANY. WYLER WOULD INTRODUCE THE INCAFLEX BALANCE IN MODIFIED AS AND ETA MOVEMENTS.  


FIRST THE WATCH

THE DIAL
WHITE MATTE FINISH
WYLER
OUTLINED RAISED LUME NUMBERS
SWISS

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WITH
BUTLER STYLE
BLACK SECONDS CHAPTER RING
AND
SUB-SECONDS REGISTER

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PICTURE TAKEN BEFORE CASE RESTORE

THE MOVEMENT CASE
IS ONE PIECE STAINLESS STEEL
WITH
A  VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL
SNAP BACK IS
RVN BRONZE MEDAL
&
STAINLESS STEEL

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PICTURE TAKEN BEFORE CASE RESTORE
 CASE BACK IS STEEL AND WELDED TO BRUSHED CHROME PLATED
BASE METAL LUGS AND BEZEL

INSIDE CASE BACK

AIR
45  WW2 64
E-5
BORNE

THIS WATCH BELONGED TO CAREER
MILITARY MEMBER
AND
WAS WORN DURING
WWII
&
VIETNAM

IT MAY HAVE ALSO SERVED
IN
KOREA
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A TWO PIECE STEM ALLOWS THE MOVEMENT TO
FIT IN TO THE TOP OF A SOLID STEEL CASE
WITH PRESSED & WELDED LUGS AND LUG RING

A STEEL DIAL RING THEN FITS INTO CASE OVER DIAL

AN OUTER BEZEL RING IS THEN
PRESSED OVER THE CRYSTAL
FORMING SEALING THE WATCH MOVEMENT & DIAL

THE MALE PART OF STEM IS IN THE CROWN
THE CROWN IS FITTED TO THE FEMALE END IN MOVEMENT

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SUPER CLEAN DIAL

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THIS PICTURE OF THE  GLOWING NUMBERS & HANDS
WAS TAKEN WITH SHOP LIGHTS ON


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BRONZE & STEEL CASE BACK
FITS OVER SOLID STEEL CASE


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GOLD SIGNED ORIGINAL
WYLER CROWN


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FINISHED AS ORIGINAL
BRUSHED

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NOTICE THE CASE BACK IS A GENUINE RVN MEDAL

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SILVER AND RE-LUMED HANDS

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THIS IS A SUPER RARE FIND

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ONE PIECE CASE
SIGNED
STAINLESS STEEL BACK
MARQUISE WATCH CO
SWISS
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THE FIRST 1937 WYLER CUSTOM MADE ONE PIECE SPLIT STEM WATCH CASES WERE MADE BY THE MARQUISE WATCH CASE COMPANY AND A WYLER BRAND WAS  INSCRIBED ON A “DRESS” OUTER STEEL CASE BACK THAT  FIT OVER THE ONE PIECE STEEL CASE. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CASE INTEGRITY OR SEALING. A VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL WAS ALREADY FITTED TO THIS DRESS CASE BACK WHE WE INVESTED IN THE WATCH AND OTHER MEMORABILIA INCLUDING A VIETNAM HUEY HELICOPTER HELMET.

 

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THIS IS A GSWW GSW ARCHIVE PHOTO SHOWN ONLY TO DEMONSTRATE HOW THIS WATCH AND OTHER SINGLE CASE WATCHES LIKE IT ARE SEALED AND NOT A REPRESENTATION OF OR FOR THIS OFFER OTHER THAN TO DEMONSTRATE BY PHOTO HOW THIS WYLER IS ASSEMBLED.

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THIS MOVEMENT WAS OVERHAULED
NEW HAIR AND MAINSPRING

WYLER WATCH CO
1936
MARQUISE WATCH CO
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Features
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Executive Order 11231–Establishing the Vietnam Service Medal

Description:
  Bronze medal, 1 ¼ inches in diameter, an oriental dragon behind a grove of bamboo trees above the inscription “REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM SERVICE.” On the reverse, a crossbow surmounted a by a torch above the arched inscription “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”.

Any member who qualified for that medal by reason of service in Vietnam between July 1, 1958, and July 4, 1965, shall remain qualified for that medal. Upon application, any such member may be awarded the Vietnam Service Medal . The Vietnam Service Medal may be awarded posthumously.

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American APH-5A Helicopter Helmet

This is an original helicopter/airplane APH-5A helmet. The APH-5A was flown in Vietnam on Hueys (Bell UH-1, etc.) as well as on reconnaissance and transport airplanes.

The APH5 was the Army’s standard aviation headgear at the start of the Vietnam war.

It features integral headphones, a M33A/A1C boom microphone – which was already in use since the 50’s – and a retractable tinted anti glare visor.

The originally white helmet was painted black in Nam with a full gold winged eagle on back and the name CPT STEINBERG across the bottom of the visor cover.

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HISTORICAL VIETNAM SPECIAL FORCES
GENUINE MEMORABILIA MILITARY WATCH BOX
CAN BE OPENED TO REMOVE THE WATCH
AND COMPASS FOR WEARING

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FOUR GENUINE US 5TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP PATCHES

Constituted July 5, 1942 in the Army of the United States as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 1st Battalion, Third Regiment, 1st Special Service Force, a combined Canadian-American organization. It was activated four days later on July 9 at Fort William Henry Harrison, Montana. During World War II, 5th Group was disbanded[citation needed] on January 6, 1945 in France.

5th Group was reconstituted on April 15, 1960, concurrently consolidated with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 5th Ranger Infantry Battalion (activated September 1, 1943). The consolidated unit was re-designated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces. Organic elements were constituted on September 8, 1961. 5th Group was reactivated September 21, 1961 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.[1]

Fearing the growing threat of the Viet Cong insurgency to the Vietnamese government, President John F. Kennedy begin activating special forces units in anticipation of their insurgency combat expertise in 1961. The 5th Special Forces Group was amongst those units activated in 1961, and while attending training at the Special Warfare Center, Kennedy visited the units and personally approved the distinctive Special Force’s Green Beret.[2] The 5th SFG was first deployed as a battlefield advisory group for the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN). By February 1965, it was deployed as a mainstay battle force[3] once the war was in full swing.[4] The group mostly operated behind enemy lines with either other Special Forces groups or South Vietnamese special forces. They were specialized in combating both regular and irregular units of the Vietnam People’s Army, and other communist bloc insurgents. They used unconventional and conventional warfare, and were some of the last soldiers the United States pulled out of Vietnam.

During their time in Vietnam, members of the unit earned 19 Medals of Honor, making it the most prominently decorated unit for its size in that conflict. Members of the unit continued to conduct intelligence operations in Southeast Asia until the collapse of the South Vietnamese government on 29 April 1975.

In addition men of the Special Forces earned the following number of awards:

    * Distinguished Service Cross 60
    * Distinguished Service Medal 1
    * Silver Star 815
    * Legion of Merit 235
    * Distinguished Flying Cross 46
    * Soldier’s Medal 232
    * Bronze Star with V Device 3,074
    * Bronze Star 10,160
    * Purple Heart 2,658
    * Air Medal with V Device 394
    * Air Medal 4,527
    * Army Commendation Medal with V Device 1,258
    * Army Commendation Medal 5,650

 


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1967 IN COUNTRY
VIETNAM MILITARY OPS MAP PHOTO

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SIGNED ON THE 26TH OF JANUARY 1967

 Three Ribbons & Medals As Follows

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1- National Defense Ribbon & Medal

Awarded to all military personal who served in any branch during a war

  • June 27, 1950 to July 27, 1954 for service during the Korean War

  • January 1, 1961 to August 14, 1974 for service during the Vietnam War

  • August 2, 1990 to November 30, 1995 for service during the Gulf War

  • September 11, 2001 to a date to be announced for service during the War on Terrorism

 

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2- Vietnam Service Ribbon & Medal

Awarded to all members of the Armed Forces of the United States serving in Vietnam and contiguous waters or airspace thereafter, after 3 July 1965 through 28 March 1973.

Campaign stars were worn on the ribbon to indicate the number of campaigns the recipients served in during their tours:

This one has TWO STARS for:
Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase III 1967-1968
Tet Counteroffensive 1968

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3- Vietnamese Campaign Ribbon & Medal

South Vietnamese Government Award
Green/White

The decoration may also be awarded to any service member who, while serving IN Republic of Vietnam, provided direct combat support to the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces for a period exceeding six months. AUS service member must have been awarded either the Vietnam Service Medal or the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, unless terminated by battle casualty.  Name of Award:  Vietnamese Campaign Medal. Green with three vertical white stripes. Date cluster “1960-” worn centrally on ribbon with straight sides of scroll perpendicular. Clasp or Emblem Worn (if Awarded) 3 July 1965 through 28 March 1973.

 

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TWO WWII UNIFORM BUTTONS
SERGEANTS  METAL STRIPES

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Yellow Handle Sword Patch
USARV
(U.S. Army, Vietnam)
September 1965 –  September 1968
Unit’s motto “NIGHT HIDES NOT”


Vietnam
*Defense, *Counteroffensive, *Counteroffensive, Phase II, Counteroffensive, Phase III, *Tet Counteroffensive, *Counteroffensive, Phase IV, *Counteroffensive, Phase V, *Counteroffensive, Phase VI, *Tet 69/Counteroffensive, *Summer-fall 1969

Symbolism: Yellow and red are the colors of Vietnam. The blue center represents the United States, together with the sword it alludes to the U.S. Military in Vietnam.
Background: The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 10 Feb 1966.

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US 5th Special Forces Gp Adviser
BIET KICH AIRBORNE


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 SPECIAL FORCES SHOULDER PATCH

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PAIR OF SPECIAL FORCES DI CRESTS

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VIETNAM WAR
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SIGNED
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