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Early Army Senior Officer Tan Beret (Cao Dai Affiliation)

Dated: 1960s-1970s

Description:One piece construction, tan wool, senior officer bullion insignia. An ongoing debate exists as to the identification of this insignia. One argument is it is an early version of the regular army beret insignia, another is that it is the insignia of Cao Dai troops (serving in the regular army), or a further theory is it is a mixture of both. Sufficient evidence to warrant a 100% designation has yet to be made well known. But, on this matter we (RVNHS) feel this beret was an early regular army beret, which also had some Cao Dai affiliation. The insignia came in color variants, with gold denoting officer and silver signifying enlisted rank. Elaborate senior officer insignia with enlarged wreaths around the insignia were also in use. This insignia is mainly seen in the 1950s-early 1960s, seldom encountered in the late 1960s-70s. The berets with this insignia were most often tan, but were also black.

Early army senior officer beret worn by officer accompanying Madame Nhu, early 1960s.

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