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TQLC Vietnamese Marine 9th Battalion Uniform

Dated: 1970s

Description: Modified sewn short sleeve four pocket in heavyweight RVN "Ranger-style" camouflage. The Vietnamese Marine Corps' (VNMC/TQLC) most iconic uniforms consisted of different patterns of tiger stripe, designed and issued virtually exclusively to this branch. However, as the marines (as with the entire South Vietnamese military) expanded in the 1970s, and funding/manufacturing sources became strained - RVN "Ranger-syle" was issued more broadly throughout the ARVN, and this pattern of camouflage became more commonplace in the VNMC with tiger stripe issued in less numbers/percentages. The 9th Battalion was formed in 1970 with the expansion of the South Vietnamese forces during the "Vietnamization" period of the American withdrawal. The unit took part in operations in Cambodia, Quang Tri in 1972, and others before its final engagement at My Khe Beach during the fall of Danang in late March of 1975.

Assembled Vietnamese marines, circa 1972.

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