This CWO had prior service in the WWII 90TH Division also known as the "Tough'Ombres'" "Texas' Own, " or the "Alamo" division, and made up of many or mostly Texans, and was therefore authorized to wear the patch. The 90th Division discontinued after WWII and the patch was not used again until the 90th Sustainment Brigade which adopted this patch, but the Sustainment brigades were formed after 2000. Mans cotton sateen shirt type 1 OD green dated 62 in the DSA line on the DSA tag. The shirt bears the warrant eagle sewn on the right collar and the CWO2 rank sewn to the left collar. The shirt bears the name tag "FORBES" over the right pocket and over the left pocket the "US ARMY" tag and above that the sewn Army pilot wings.The white DSA tag is intact and readable. All is good with all buttons in place and good stitching with no damage. The US warrant officer in Vietnam primarily flew helicopters.
Due to the demand for helicopter pilots in Vietnam, the number of warrant officer pilots grew from about 2,960 in 1966 to more than 12,000 by 1970. In 1962, the Army began an in-depth study and test of the tactical air mobility of organic Army ground forces. These tests proved the air mobility concept and the necessity and value of Warrant Officer pilots. As a result of these tests, the 11th Air Assault was formed. On 1 July 1965, it became the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) and deployed to Vietnam in August.
As more combat units deployed to Vietnam, aviation became more visible and its role in combat were apparent. Warrant officer aviators flew through the heaviest concentrations of enemy fire in the Vietnam War and were involved in every aspect of combat operations.Helicopters became the symbol of the Vietnam War, and helicopter pilots were among the first to be killed in the war and among the last to leave. The combat attrition rate for Aviation Warrant Officer Pilots was 20 times that of United States Air Force (USAF), United States Navy (USN), and United States Marine Corps (USMC) aviators. This was in large part due to the intense loyalty these aviators shared and the leadership role played by many Aviation Warrant Officers. An Aviation Warrant Officer would land to rescue a downed aircrew regardless of the circumstances, weather conditions, or enemy firepower. This had a profound positive effect on Army aviator morale.
The item "US VN WAR 1962 DATED CWO2 ARMY PILOT OD JACKET/SHIRT WITH 90TH DIV WWII PATCH" is in sale since Sunday, May 3, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Vietnam (1961-75)\Original Period Items\Uniforms". The seller is "spudcakes" and is located in Semmes, Alabama. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, Belgium, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Switzerland, Norway, Ukraine, Croatia, Bermuda, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Iceland, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Russian federation.