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Cloth shoulder insignia from the Vietnam War

  • The Viet Nam war had an Australian involvement from 1962 to 1973.


  • Initially it was a small team of Army advisors helping train and lead Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) forces.


  • At it's height it was several warships, 3 Battalions with supports and several squadrons of RAAF.
Cloth insignia worn by 55 Engineer Field Park Squadron, Royal Australian Engineers. The badge is in the shape of a shield and features a goat's head woven in black and white thread with the white number '55' above it. There is a white border around the badge. The badge is backed with cardboard on which is written in black ink '55 Engineer Field Park Squadron RAE Unit mascot a goat (Maj J.N.C. Davis)' 

The design of this badge incorporates a goat's head because the unit's mascot was a goat. This is one of a number of unofficial badges designed by and manufactured for Australian units in Vietnam. They were purchased at private expense.

Australian Army Assistance Group hand embroidered badge. The badge features the rising sun emblem with Queen's Crown and the words 'AUSTRALIAN MILIYARY (sic) FORCES' hand embroidered in the centre of a green square. A scroll above contains the letters 'A A A G' and one below reads 'VIET NAM'. This Australian Australian Army Assistance Group badge was designed by Major T R Phillips DA & QMG 1972. It is one of a number of unofficial badges designed by and manufactured for Australian units in Vietnam. They were purchased at private expense. The AAAG was formed to administer the Australian Army units that remained in Vietnam after the departure of the Australian Task Force.
17 Construction Squadron Royal Australian Engineers cloth insignia. The badge is circular and features the head of a bear woven in white cotton against a blue background with a white border. The badge is backed by cardboard through which the design has been embroidered during manufacture. 

The design is based on the 1960s advertising slogan of 'Little Bear will fix it' for a brand of adhesive tape called 'Bear Brand Tape'. This is one of a number of unofficial badges designed by and manufactured for Australian units in Vietnam. They were purchased at private expense.

Cloth insignia worn by 3 Troop, C Squadron, 1 Australian Armoured Regiment. The badge is a black bordered square divided diagonally with black cotton from top right to bottom left. 

The top half is red, the bottom yellow. A pair of clasped armoured gauntlets are in the centre of the badge over a blue and white circle containing the number '3'. It has been marked in black ink on the reverse with the words '3 Troop Armd Sqn RAAC'.

Cloth insignia worn by 5 Troop, C  Squadron, 1 Armoured Regiment. The badge is in the shape of a shield divided into three vertical bands of brown, red and green. A blue circle is embroidered in the centre of the badge overlayed with a white Roman numeral 'V' over which is embroidered a silhouette of a tank.
This insignia was worn by 1 Troop, 3 Cavalry Regiment, Royal Australian Armoured Corps and approved by the St George Football Club. This is one of a number of unofficial badges designed by and manufactured for Australian units in Vietnam. They were purchased at private expense. 

White shield shaped badge with embroidered black border, in the centre of which is red embroidered St George on a horse slaying a dragon all edged with black embroidery.

Unofficial cloth badge designed by members of 1 Mobile Advisory and Training Team and purchased at private expense. The three 'B' letters stand for 'Binh Ba Bastards', a reference to themselves and their base in the rubber plantation at Binh Ba. Mobile Advisory and Training Teams were part of the Australian Armt Traing Team Vietnam. 

Triangular yellow badge with green border. A large number '1' is woven in red in the centre with the letters 'MATT' woven over the top. The words 'WHAT AM I DOING HERE?' are woven underneath. A small 'B' appears in each corner of the triangle.

Worn by 36765 Major Donald Edward Gazzard of Headquarters 1 Australian Task Force Vietnam. Major Gazzard was posted to Vietnam with A Squadron 3 Cavalry Regiment from 20 January 1969 to 7 May 1969. He transferred to B Squadron from 10 June to 1 October and then served with HQ 1 ATF from 2 October to 21 January 1970 before his posting back to Australia. 

During his time with HQ 1 ATF Gazzard was a liaison officer with the South Vietnamese Marine Brigade Bravo. This formation sign was worn on the US Marine Corps uniform given to him by the Senior American advisor with the brigade. It is the insignia of US 1st Infantry Division, known as 'The Big Red One'. AWM image and text.

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Australian Army Training Team Vietnam1962-1972 Bushman Scouts. Worn by Viet Cong who had surrendered and had been trained by 1 Australian Reinforcement Unit (1ARU) at Nui Dat 131 Divisional Locating Battery Royal Australian Artillery
1 Troop 1st Armoured Regt. 1st Troop Armoured Squadron 2nd Troop B Squadron
4th Troop Armoured Squadron C Squadron 1st Armoured Regiment RAEME LAD 1st Amd Regt
3 Troop A Sqn 3 Cav Regt 1968 A Sqn  Cavalry Regt 1971/72 RAEME LAD 3 Cav Regt
RAEME LAD 1st Armd Regt 1970 1st Australian Field Hospital Vung Tau Special Equipment Troop B Squadron 1st Armoured Regiment
17 Construction Squadron  Land Clearance Team RAE Royal Australian Engineers Port Operating Squadron 1967-1972 30 Terminal Squadron RAE
17 Construction Sqn RAE 1966 106 Field Battery RAA 1967/68 & 1970/71 1 Transport Platoon Royal Australian Army Service Corps
3 Transport Platoon 3RAR 2 Advanced Ordnance Depot 1967/68. "You Bloody Little Beauty". 2 Advanced Ordnance Depot 1969

5 Company Royal Australian Army Service Corps (RAASC) 176 Air Dispatch RAASC 33 Dental Unit Royal Australian army Dental Corps (RAADC).
105 Signal Squadron 1966/67 103 Signal Squadron 709 Signals Troop
5 Platoon B Company 3RAR 8 Platoon C Company  3RAR

6 Platoon B Company 3RAR

Support Company 3RAR "Porky's People" 7RAR 161 (Independent) Recon Flight 1st Aviation Regiment

I was appointed acting Troop leader of Support Troop A Sqd 3 Cav Regt on arrival in Vietnam in March 1969. Don Gazzard who was Troop leader had been repatriated to Australia with a collapsed lung. I designed the Support Troop cloth badge which represents the clenched fist -Black Power Salute. 

I had them made in Baria in March 1969. The idea came from Tpr Flos Glass who used to return the salute from the drivers of the US convoys on route 15. Support Troop of A & B Squadron 3 Cavalry Regt continued to use the patch throughout 1969. 2Lt Peter Watson A and B squadrons 3 Cavalry Regiment Vietnam 1969.

Support Troop Power . .
161 (Independent) Recon Flight 1st Aviation Regiment (2) "Jade" Forward Air Controller 1st Australian Task Force 1st Australian Task force Liaison Unit

38 Sqn? RAAF? 

One of the many patches now available on the market in Army surplus and sports/outdoors shops. They are 100% unofficial and unlike (some of) the patches made by Ex-service or Unit Associations they are available to anyone with the money to pay for them.
Badges for Vets from Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia
Republic of Vietnam Service Viet Cong Hunting Club
Republic of Vietnam Service Viet Cong Hunting Club

Vet with Aust flag

Patch My Husband Served

Patch 1 RAR with Badge

"VET" on Aussie flag  For wives All Battalions available

Some images and text from AWM. Some images from Australian Army Badges: Cloth insignia of the Army in Australia 1860-1993 by J K Cossum ISBN 0 949530 14 X


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