Patches and Crests

Thanks to Lonnie Long who has a collection of ASA unit crests and patches that he offers to share here.

Lonnie says:   I wanted to put together a display of our units patches and crests, both official and unofficial. Here is what I have in mind. I have been able to acquire approximately 15 different patches and crest (beer can pins also) from our units in Vietnam. I am interested in building a complete pictorial history through this collection. If we could get our membership to photograph or scan any patches, crest, beer can pins, etc. and send them to us we would have a great start. Also, old pictures of any signs, unit gates, etc. would help in my search. There are some fakes and reproductions out there but the real things have become fairly valuable. Some, such as the 3rd RRU Black Cat Aviation patch, can bring up to $250.00 in good condition. I would be happy to collect any that members would like to donate to OSS and bring a display to the Reunion each year or I would be willing to purchase them if we can establish a fair value.

Crests:

3rd RRU Mobile Detachment

3rd Radio Research Unit Mobile Detachment
aka "Crapper Crest"

INSCOM Crest

 

Davis Station

3rd Radio Research Unit
Davis Station

Army Security Agency Training Center & School

Army Security Agency Training Center & School

175th Radio Research Company - Bien Hoa

175th Radio Research Company - Bien Hoa

313th ASA Battalion - Nha Trang

313th ASA Battalion - Nha Trang

335th Radio Research Company

335th Radio Research Company

The 335th RRC left the 9th Infantry Division (Riverine) at Dong Tam and relocated to Can Tho to manage the collection effort in IV Corps; circa December 1969 - April 1971

509th Radio Research Group

509th Radio Research Group

371st Radio Research Company

371st Radio Research Company
"SNOOPER". Project Left Bank

371st RRC originally designated as the 371st ASA Company formed by the US Army Security Agency in 1962 and was attached to the 1st Cavalry Division. The company deployed to RVN from 1966 to 1971 with the 1st CAV. Their mission was to provide information on the enemy's intentions and location obtained through intercept of enemy radio communications.

   

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Unit Patches:

Army Security Agency

Army Security Agency

Army Security Agency - Subdued

Army Security Agency - Subdued

3rd RRU Aviation Section

3rd Radio Research Unit Aviation Section

175th Radio Research Field Station - Bien Hoa

175th Radio Research Field Station - Bien Hoa

156th Aviation Co - Can Tho

156th Aviation Co - Can Tho

Assigned Command: 224th Aviation Battalion

1st Radio Research Co. - Cam Ranh Bay

1st Radio Research Co. - Cam Ranh Bay

Assigned Command: 224th Aviation Battalion

11th RRU - Di An

11th RRU - Di An

Admin Designator: Co. B, 313th BN

Radio Research Communications Unit Vietnam

Radio Research Communications Unit Vietnam

509th Radio Research Group

335th Radio Research Co. - Dong Tam

335th Radio Research Co. - Dong Tam

9th Infantry Div

407th Radio Research Detachment - Quang Tri

407th Radio Research Detachment - Quang Tri

1/5 Infantry Div

265th Radio Research Co

265th Radio Research Co

Camp Eagle, 101st Airborne Div

330th Radio Research Co. - Pleiku

330th Radio Research Co. - Pleiku

330th Radio Research Co. - Nha Trang

330th Radio Research Co. - Nha Trang

8th Radio Research Field Station - Pleiku

8th Radio Research Field Station - Pleiku

328th Radio Research Unit

328th Radio Research Unit

(Reproduction - Made in Korea)

RU8D Seminole

RU8D Seminole

(Reproduction - Made in Korea)

RU8D Seminole

RU8D Seminole

(Reproduction - Made in Korea)

7th Radio Research Field Station - Udorn, Thailand

7th Radio Research Field Station - Udorn, Thailand

7th Radio Research Unit

7th Radio Research Unit

The 7th RRU was a cover for the 101st Security Det, subordinate to 53rd SOC (cover designator 3rd RRU). It's shown in The Most Secret War as being in country 1964 and 1966

313th Radio Research Battalion - A Piece of the Action

313th Radio Research Battalion - A Piece of the Action

138th Avn Co/224th Avn BN

138th Avn Co/224th Avn BN

U.S. Army flew RU-21s out of Phu Bai. Last ASA plane lost in war was "Vanguard 216" - 4 MAR 1971 - 5 KIA 16 FEB 1973

A U21 Left Jab crew was the last ARDF mission for the Army

138th Aviation CO - Da Nang - part of 509th RRG

138th Aviation CO - Da Nang - part of 509th RRG

144th Aviation Company

144th Aviation Company

Activated June 1, 1966, based at Nha Trang. Camp John F. McDermott stood down April 1971

146th Aviation Company

146th Aviation Company

Activated: 1 June 1966
Assigned Command: 224th Aviation Battalion
Location: Saigon
Relocated: Long Thanh North on 5 January 1970
Relocated: Can Tho on 16 August 1972
Inactivated: 17 February 1973

1st Army Security Agency Aviation Company

1st Army Security Agency Aviation Company

CEFIRM LEADER was formed in Ft. Bliss, TX, in 1971 and was intended to replace the P2 Neptune, Crazy Cats. The unit was composed of nine aircraft capable of performing DF, Jamming and Command and Control via a data link. Due to problems with one of the systems the unit was not deployed and the war ended. The system was later turned over to the 138th Aviation (Reserve) Company. The system was deployed to Central America and subsequently to the Iraq War.

101st Radio Research Company

101st Radio Research Company

101st RRC was comprised of 3 platoons. 1st PLT was located in Phu Bai and responsible for I Corps. 2nd PLT was located in Nha Trang and responsible for II Corps. 3rd PLT was located at Plantation outside of Long Binh and responsible for IV Corps



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In November, 2008 Paul Maidel had a number of 8th RRFS crests made based on an original design. The original design was spelled wrong, which is corrected on the reproduction. Then in September 2009 Paul had some 3rd RRU Mobile Det, aka "Crapper Crest" reproductions made.

Paul is selling them to anyone interested at a very reasonable price. Information Page


8th RFFS Crest, Original

8th RFFS Crest,
Original Circa 1968

8th RFFS Crest, Corrected

8th RFFS Crest, Corrected

Recreated Crest

Recreated Crest

EM Club Lighter

This is one of the originals from Bob Newbury:
" The crest you see was attached to a stand for a butane lighter received as a parting gift from the EM club as I cleared post in 1968. Since your message was forwarded to the 8th RRFS group, one member says he received one attached to a mug and another ex-CWO received one on a plaque from the O-club. There is a photo of the lighter and crest in the "Bob Newbury Dec 2005" photo folder on the Yahoo! group site."

3rd RRU Mobile Det Recreation

3rd Radio Research Unit Mobile Detachment
aka "Crapper Crest"
Recreation

Davis Station Crest Recreation

Davis Station Crest
Recreation



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Bob Davis contributed the patches below.

Unofficial patch that one of the Viet lingies made

Unofficial patch that one of the Viet lingies made

Unofficial patch that one of the Viet lingies made

Unofficial patch that one of the Viet lingies made



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Unofficial 3rd RRU patch

Bill Conaway provided this unofficial 3rd RRU patch