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South Vietnamese, A.R.V.N., Utility Shirt Uniform, to Brigadier General Nguyen Huy Anh
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Mid-1960's Vietnam Conflict Period, South Vietnamese, A.R.V.N. (i.e.: "Army of the Republic of Vietnam"), Utility Shirt Style Uniform, belonging to Brigadier General (i.e.: a 1 Star General), named: "Nguyen Huy Anh", the Commanding General of the 4th Air Force Division.

This uniform is very interesting, and is quite rare as well. It looks like a standard type of a Utility Shirt Uniform, which were quite common in the Vietnam war years for both American and South Vietnamese troops. But in this case it is a South Vietnamese produced specimen. There are no factory or tailor's tags present nor are there any inked-in manufacturer's marks of any kind. Almost for sure this uniform was a custom tailored piece, many of which often found without any indications of just who had made them. Typically, they were constructed by unknown military tailors. The construction of this uniform is a good match to those regulation constructed uniforms of the period.

Found sewn to each upper collar lapel are the 2 small olive green patches of a Brigadier General (i.e.: a 1 Star General). As is correct, the stars are direct embroidered in the correct black color on each of these patches. Each of these star patches are machine sewn on the collar. Underneath the collar is the proper wrinkling found under each patch attesting to their being sewn there through many washings, which is a great sign of originality.

On the right breast can be found a rectangular shape, olive green color, name tape, that is machine sewn on and which shows the desired wrinkling underneath. The name "ANH" is direct embroidered in black on this name tape. Also found is a rectangular shape, olive green color, Master (?) Parachutist patch which is direct embroidered on its base cloth, and which has its 2 stars directly embroidered on it in gold color. It is rather embarrassing to admit that we are not quite sure if this patch is for a Vietnamese Master or Senior Parachutist, or something else. This patch also has the desired wrinkling found behind it in the uniform's interior. Next up, there is a multi-color, shield shape cloth patch, found machine sewn on the upper left sleeve in white color attaching thread indicating current service in the 10th Infantry Division. This patch is not weaved like the standard type U.S. patches in that this patch more closely resembles the flatter construction style somewhat similar to the old German bevo style, but not exactly. This weaving style is common on such uniforms.

There is also the desired wrinkling found in the interior for this patch. The interior of this uniform shows no ghost sewing marks from any other insignia ever having been removed at one time. Moving on, the trousers match the uniform in material and construction. There are 2 unpleated side pockets that match the uniform's pocket style. There are no markings found inside these trousers. Their size matches that of the uniform. Overall, these 2 pieces show cleaning and ironing marks on each.

Comments from the Curator:

Ok, this utility shirt uniform may look mundane to some, but just ask yourself, where or when has anyone ever seen a Vietnam Conflict Period, South Vietnamese General's uniform of any type up for sale? The Tank Museum purchased this rare uniform in 2010 because this museum had no South Vietnamese Generals' uniforms in our collection. It was hoped that research would be successful and reveal the history of this General, and with luck perhaps maybe this General would have some "Tank" in his blood. This search for his history was unsuccessful until late 2017 when we kinda hit the jackpot and found out at least a little bit of history about this General.

Anh was supposed to have been the Commanding General of the 4th Air Force Division. But Anh may actually have been a Brigade Commander as he has only 1 Star and not 2. Brigades are usually commanded by 1 Star Generals, and Divisions by 2, but NOT ALWAYS! It has also been found that Anh was supposed to have been the Commanding General of the 10th Infantry Division. But again, was this as a Brigadier General, or was he somehow later promoted to a Major General? Who knows!

Anh is not listed anywhere other than as a Brigadier, and apparently never was a Major General, but that is all that we know of at this time. Also we are not quite sure of the TOE (i.e.: the "Table of Organization and Equipment") for the 4th Air Force Division. In any event, more research needs to be done. To find a South Vietnamese General is a spectacular find for any collector. If Anh had any "Tank" in his hide, then he would never have been offered for sale as he is being now.


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