Heavily Worn Sergeant First Class Unknown Vietnam Soldier's Jungle Boonie Combat Cap

Heavily Worn Sergeant First Class Unknown Vietnam Soldier's Jungle Boonie Combat Cap

225.00

This Sergeant First Class jungle hat comes from and unknown US soldier. It has a SFC rank on the front pined from the inside. The boonie hat has a hole on the top, and the brim was separated at some point and sewn back on by the soldier that wore it. The boonie is very dirty and covered in stains and sweat.

History of the Boonie Hat:

These hats gained popularity during the Vietnam War, where they were called 'hats utility, jungle green', although they were colloquially known by Australians as giggle hats. During this conflict, most Australian soldiers were issued the hat, however American soldier adapted the trend and had them made in country from amiable materials. From vets that I have talked to, “They didn’t like us wearing our boonies because they weren’t “regulation” gear”. The army created several regulations: the hat was not allowed to be modified or cut whatsoever, and it had to be worn when outdoors at all times. The hat had also served to break up the recognizable outline of the soldier's head. It was made with cotton twill, and was issued in olive drab, the standard colour of US combat uniforms at the time.

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