Posted 4 years ago
Nice Ebay find! Auction showed a blurry photo of what I could only tell was a run of the mill Viet Nam era jungle jacket, "BUY IT NOW" for $6.50 OR best offer....So I thought for ANY Viet Nam era ANYTHING is worth that! I put in an offer of $5 dollars, and when it arrived, I was THRILLED to see the "IN COUNTRY" patches, and the fact it was 173rd Airborne was ALL the better!
It is a "type 3" style jacket, meaning all buttons are hidden, epaulettes and waist tab adjusters are no longer on the jacket, yet it has the extra piece of material at the cuffs for adjustment. Dated 1968, it does have some faint rust stains from improper storage. No rips or holes.
Name tape has been removed, and the "jump wings" are way more faded out than the Combat Infantry Badge, U.S. Army tape & 173rd Airborne patch, which tells me it came off an older, worn out uniform, and was re-sewn to this jacket.......
Here is a brief history of the 173rd Airborne:
Activated in 1915, as the 173rd Infantry Brigade, the unit saw service in World War I, but is best known for its actions during the Vietnam War. The brigade was the first major United States Army ground formation deployed in Vietnam, serving there from 1965 to 1971 and losing almost 1,800 soldiers. Noted for its roles in Operation Hump and Operation Junction City, the 173rd is best known for the Battle of Dak To, where it suffered heavy casualties in close combat with North Vietnamese forces. Brigade members received over 7,700 decorations, including more than 6,000 Purple Hearts. The brigade returned to the United States in 1972, where the 1st and 2nd battalions of the 503rd airborne regiment were absorbed into the 3rd brigade of the 101st Airborne Division. The remaining units of the 173rd were deactivated