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. They were issued a few different versions of their classic "Sea Wave" tiger stripe camouflage uniform, including one constructed of medium weight cotton twill in an ARVN style cut.
This South Vietnamese Marine Corps Vietnam VNMC TIGER STRIPE CAMO COMBAT SHIRT is in excellent condition, with a small spot of fraying at the lower left front, a roughly finished seam along the lower outer edge of the left chest pocket body, a thin vertical line of surface nicking at the right chest pocket body, and with some light scattered age wear evident (ALL pictured). Otherwise, the shirt is in excellent shape, with no other damage to the crisp medium weight 100% cotton twill construction. Most interestingly, it measures to about a Size 34 chest, retains nearly 100% of the vibrant VNMC "Sea Wave" tiger stripe camouflage colors, and boasts the classic flap covered button closure boxed chest pockets. It sports all of the original flat rimmed "shaved edge" OD plastic buttons throughout, and is a beautiful example of a very rare, original South Vietnamese Marine Corps Vietnam VNMC TIGER STRIPE CAMO COMBAT SHIRT. We have shown a photo of a VNMC Major in Vietnam wearing a similarly cut tiger stripe camouflage shirt.
GOVERNMENT at the left front. The item "South Vietnamese Marine Corps Vietnam VNMC TIGER STRIPE CAMO COMBAT SHIRT Vtg" is in sale since Friday, May 1, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Vietnam (1961-75)\Original Period Items\Uniforms".The seller is "abramsantiques" and is located in Claremont, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.