173rd Airborne Brigade Vietnam Patch
The 173rd Airborne Brigade was deployed to South Viet Nam on May 5th 1965, this was the first U.S. Army ground combat unit in that war. Upon arrival, one battalion of the Royal Australian Army and a battery from New Zealand were attached to the Brigade making the 173rd Airborne the only multi-national combat unit in the war.
At 0900 Hours, February 22, 1967, during Operation Junction City over 800 paratroopers jumped into the rice paddies at Katum in War Zone C, this was the first and only full-sized combat jump by an American unit during the Vietnam War.
In the summer of 1967, the Brigade saw extensive and bloody action in the Central Highlands near Kontum, Pleiku, Dak To. On November 19th, 1967, the 2d Battalion of the 503rd Airborne Infantry was ordered to clear Hill 875. Resistance by the communists was intense and the 4th Battalion of the 503rd joined 2nd battalion in its efforts. Four days later, on Thanksgiving Day, after some of the bloodiest fighting of the war, the survivors of the 2nd and 4th Battalions finally reached the summit. The 2nd battalion lost 107 men killed and 282 wounded and 10 MIA.
The 173rd Airborne Brigade took part in 14 designated campaigns in RVN. It remained in combat longer than any other American military unit since the Revolutionary War. It earned four unit citations and had 12 Medal of Honor winners.
Our 173rd Airborne Vietnam patch is a full color, embroidered military patch. This is the same patch that is supplied to the Military and sold in Military Base Exchanges. This patch would be a great gift idea and a wonderful addition to your patch collection.
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