USMC advisors deployed to Vietnam in the late 1950s to train the South Vietnamese Marine Corps in amphibious warfare, river and coastal patrol, fire support, and overall combat effectiveness. The VNMC worked with the Mobile Riverine Force and Brown Water Navy to halt Communist waterborne infiltration in the Mekong Delta, and helped US Marines drive the NVA from the Citadel at Hue during the Tet Offensive. Some VNMC Marines had boonie hats tailor made in their classic "Sea Wave" tiger stripe pattern. This South Vietnamese Marine Corps Vietnam VNMC TIGER STRIPE CAMO "SCRAP" BOONIE HAT is in good condition, with a small "L" shaped tear and a small hole in the left crown, a vertical tear in the back right crown, some tearing to the back right brim edge, a diagonal tear in the right crown, a sizable seam tear in the top crown, missing the interior back right ventilation grommet, missing the entire back left ventilation grommet, and with some overall age wear evident (ALL pictured).
Otherwise, the hat is in fine shape, with no other damage to the tough 100% cotton poplin construction. Most interestingly, it's approximately a US Size 6 3/8, retains a great amount of the vibrant, early, ca.1964 VNMC "Sea Wave" tiger stripe camouflage colors, and is a classic "scrap" boonie, using at least 20 different pieces of material. Even the hatband is matching camouflage fabric, though it's from the end of the pattern bolt, and shows much more of the green base color. It's crafted in the traditional "beach ball" style, boasts metal ventilation grommets at each side of the crown, and sports a "reed" green cotton underside of the brim and interior crown lining, except for one strip of the latter, which is constructed of ARVN Ranger "Invisible" ERDL camouflage.
A fine example of a very rare, original South Vietnamese Marine Corps Vietnam VNMC TIGER STRIPE CAMO "SCRAP" BOONIE HAT. GOVERNMENT at the left front. The item "South Vietnamese Marine Corps Vietnam VNMC TIGER STRIPE CAMO SCRAP BOONIE HAT" is in sale since Saturday, May 2, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Vietnam (1961-75)\Original Period Items\Hats & Helmets".
The seller is "abramsantiques" and is located in Claremont, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.