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US Army 1st Cavalry Air Assault - Vietnam War Patch -
The history of the 1st Cavalry Division began in 1921 after the Army established a permanent cavalry division Table of Organization & Equipment on 4 April 1921. It authorized a Square Division organization of 7,463 Officers and Men.

The division next saw combat during the Vietnam War. No longer a conventional infantry unit, the division had become an air assault division as the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), commonly referred to as the 1st Air Cavalry Division, using helicopters as troop carriers. The division's colors and unit designations were transferred to the 11th Air Assault Division (Test), then at Ft. Benning, Georgia, in July 1965, and began deploying to Camp Radcliffe, An Khe, Vietnam that month. The division, along with the 101st Airborne Division perfected new tactics and doctrine for helicopter-borne assaults over the next five years in Vietnam.

This is a 1st Cavalry patch. As used by the US Army during the Vietnam war. Several versions of this patch were produced.

A black stripe crosses the patch in a diagonal direction. A winged shield is placed over the stripe. The words "Air Assault" is embroidered in the lower section of the patch.

This page is a recognition and identification guide for Vietnam War era patches. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my Vietnam war patch worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the patches is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of cloth insignia in the collector's market is illustrated.

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  1. Identifying fakes and reproductions
  2. Construction materials
  3. Perspective view
  4. Purchasing Vietnam War Patches

This US Vietnam War patch is currently being reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this headgear. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

If you have an interest is seeing other Vietnam War patches, you can do so by going to our Vietnam War Military Patches identification guide. Where we cover Army, Navy, Army Air Force and other organizations.


The value for the Vietnam War Patches and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com . The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Value $15.00 $20.00 $22.00 $25.00 $28.00
Availability Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade B B B B B

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