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US Army Vietnam (USARV)

Worn from:
5 February 1966 - 15 May 1972.

Yellow and red are the colors of Vietnam.

The blue center represents the United States. Together with the sword,
it alludes to the United States Military in Vietnam. USARV was created
and arrived on 20 July 1965, setting up their headquarters in Long Binh
and absorbing the functions of MACV. Upon departure from Vietnam on 15 May 1972,
the United States Army could look back to over twenty years of involvement
in the civil and military affairs of this country. They suffered some 58,000
casualties in the process. From 15 May 1972 until departure on 28 March 1973,
the command was re-designated "Vietnam (USARV/MACV) Support Command" due to
the downgrading of the United States military effort in Vietnam.

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Joe Engelkes 17-Oct-2017 15:15
SP4 Joseph A Engelkes
I was the company clerk for Headquarters Company USARV in 1972. I had the task of producing orders to close down our company in mid-1972 as we transferred over 700 officers and enlisted men to new duty stations in preparation of the closing of Long Binh Post on November 30, 1972. Major Duensing was the company commander at the time of closing and we made a memorable trip down highway 1A to Saigon that included a flat tire with no spare. I spent the final two weeks of my RVN assignment at MACV headquarters in Saigon before departing for home December 15, 1972.
Spec 4 Michael J Rice 13-Oct-2008 09:38
I was at USARV in Military History (26th MHD) under Captains Hrair Badalian and John Kemmer, from March 1970 to April, 1971. Billeted in the USARV Company area, we either drove a jeep or hitchhiked the mile to and from work each day. We knew everyone in the headquarters. A strack Army Band Hootch was located right across the street from our hootch to the right, facing front, of the orderly room of USARV Company. on the the road straight down from the front door of 1st signal Brigade.Brigade, Steve Hickman, Mike Krause, Terral Smith were all in Military History. Majors Teuton, Sylvan, Captains Grau and Schlotterback were COs of the
Detachments, Rocky was one of the Command historians. Tony was the E-6 in the Command Historian's office next door, angry at the Shake and Bakes for their easy rank. Tony had been stationed in Saigon in 1963 when the Diem Brothers were murdered by Big Minh. In those days, GIs wore civilian clothes so as not to alarm the natives at our presence. We got to Saigon fairly often. I've got a great novel in my head about the 13 months I spent in 'Nam and its pretty hilarious and mostly true.