In 1972 during the Vietnam War, Bill Begert flew close air support as an O-2A Forward Air Controller while stationed at Da Nang AB, South Vietnam. He received the small red flag as a souvenir when, during one of his missions, a North Vietnamese Army, Russian-made T-54 tank was captured. It was made from a piece of the captured tank’s battle flag. Printed on the flag are the words, “To Covy 26-Thank you very much-T-59 tank flag-captured 23 Juin 72.” The T-59 tank was the Chinese copy of the Russian T-54 tank. In 1990, General William J. Begert donated the flag to the Air Mobility Command Museum.

Question about this artifact? Email the Collections Manager, Hal Sellars.

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 artifacts in the museum's collection.

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