Operation Ranch Hand Patch


This machine-embroidered patch was made in South Vietnam. The donor of the patch was a C-123 aircraft mechanic stationed at Phan Rang AB, South Vietnam, from 1969-1970. He received the patch from a Ranch Hand crew member.

Operation Ranch Hand was a military operation during the Vietnam War that lasted from 1962 to 1971. Its primary mission was crop destruction and defoliation to increase visibility for Forward Air Controller (FAC) and tactical aircraft and to make it more difficult for the enemy to ambush ground forces. Agents Purple, White, Blue, and the most widely used herbicide, Agent Orange, were used. Twenty million gallons were sprayed in Vietnam, eastern Laos, and parts of Cambodia and caused major health and ecological problems for the local population and U.S. military veterans.


Filed In:
Era: Vietnam War
Clothing & Insignia: Patches
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Museum Location:
Airlift and Air Refueling during the Vietnam War exhibit

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Every artifact in the Air Mobility Command Museum, including this one, is part of the United States Air Force Heritage Program. We are not able to loan or sell artifacts in the museum's collection.

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