The 196th Infantry Brigade was activated on 10 September 1965 in response to the growing need for larger troop deployments to Vietnam, but was originally trained in riot control and street fighting. After President Johnson approved the unit’s transfer to South Vietnam, the Brigade began training for its new mission in June 1966 and by August found itself in country.

By the time it returned home in 1972—it was the last unit to depart the country—it had earned four Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Crosses with Palm and a Valorous Unit Award for its actions in Quang Tin Province, and six of its members were awarded the Medal of Honor. The most recent recipient, combat medic James McCloughan, received his award from President Donald Trump at a ceremony held 31 July 2017.

The 196th Infantry Brigade Shoulder Sleeve Insignia, or unit patch, is available as a full-color patch designed for wear on the now-discontinued Army Class “A” Green Service uniform or as a subdued patch to be worn on the Army Combat Uniform (ACU) and other utility outfits. Please note that the subdued patch (“ACU Patch”) is available in both the OCP and UCP camouflage variants, and that UCP is the type of camouflage used for ACUs issued before July 2015.

Customers who have purchased this item have also expressed an interest in the 196th Infantry Brigade Combat Service ID Badge.

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