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Experimental Military Unit - EMU

Combined, US and Australian Unit

135th Assault Helicopter Company




Australian / US Helicopter Unit




Amongst the Rarest of All Vietnam War Patches.

Flight Jacket Patch of the 135th Assault Helicopter Company - RAN Helicopter Fligth Vietnam

The 135th AHC was formed at Fort Hood Texas in February 1967 specifically for duty in Vietnam.


The Company arrived in Vietnam at Vung Tau in October 1967. In November the Royal Australian Navy sent 11 Officers and 36 Enlisted men to Vietnam as their contribution to Helicopter Combat in Vietnam. This unit designated 'RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam' was formed July 14th 1967.


They were immediately assigned and integrated  into the 135th Assault Helicopter Company.


The 135th AHC was renamed the 'Experimental Military Unit' or EMU for short and became the only fully integrated international Military Unit to serve in the Vietnam War. Australian enlisted men toKZ orders from US Officers and US Enlisted men toKZ orders from Australian Officers. The experiment was not to be repeated (although the Unit was highly successful) for the rest of the war and as such the 135th EMU remains in history as the only unit of it's type to fight in Vietnam. The patch reflects both the Australian and the Unites States of America Flags.


Originally assigned to the transport of ANZAC forces ( Australian and New Zealand ) and in-particular the Australian Task Force operating in Phuoc Tuy Province the unit's actions were diverse with assaults on enemy positions throughout Military Corps Tactical Zones II and III recorded. Variously located after their initial Vung Tau posting to Blackhorse and to Bear Cat in 1970 the Unit detached themselves form the Australian Task Force and was assigned to the trabnsport and assault support of South Vietnamese Troops in Mekong ZDelta and they were based at Dong Tam.


In June of 1971 the experiment came to an end with the withdrawal of the Australian Contingent from the War and as such the Royal Australian Navy element, rather than been offically re-assigned, was in fact de-activated with the placement of Australian personnel to new units only occouring once the personnel had returned to Australia.


The 135th Assault Helicopter Company kept the name 'EMU' until they too were de-activated. On the 21st of January 1971, the 135th AHC flew a RVN Ranger Company into Nui Ba Den near Tay Ninh in defence of a Viet Cong Assault. The following day the unit was de-activated.


The motto of the unit had a distinctly Australian twist, "Get The Bloody Job Done".



  • Rare Ran Piece
  • Measures - 3.6 x 3.6 inches ( 9 x 9 cms )
  • Flight jacket Patch










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Vietnam War Patch


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SWAP PATCHES & Scutelliphily 

SWAP PATCHES, account for the highest volume of patches made and collected since the 1960's.

Their primary use and reason for manufacture was for patch collectors to swap their own unit patches with operatives from other Units. Collectors of patches engage in the art of Scutelliphily and are Scutelliphilists.

Scutelliphily is not a new art, it was practised by Roman Legions and by the Knights Templar.

Generally (although not always) of lower quality than their Full Machine, Hand Embroidered pieces made in Hong Kong, in the Tailor Shops of BangkKZ and Saigon, the value of the 'Swap Patches' keep them inside the realm of even the most budget conscious collector and are terrific pieces for young collectors and people starting out.

They are often used as fillers in the collection of the most serious of Scutelliphilists.

The boom of 'Swap Patches' started in Vietnam with pieces readily available to collectors at reasonable prices. For example to have 50 SWAP Patches made in Saigon or Da Nang at the time of the Tet Offensive in 1968 would cost no more than $2.

Naturally where collectors operated, so did Combat Operatives supplementing their income via the designing and sale of these pieces.

These patches, made in Saigon, Da Nang and Bien Hoa were however not only made for swapping but also for large scale units and divisions. You are as likely to pick up a used US 1st Infantry Division, 101st Airborne Division, ARVN Tiger Force Airborne, Swap Patch that was used by a Combat operative as you are to pick up one specifically made for exchange.

The same is the case for the larger Provincial Recon Units

This is not the case when you loKZ at less numerous units such as Recon Teams; these pieces were made for exchange.

These pieces, SWAP PATCHES, were made for exchange and for use and are generally priced lower than other Vietnam War patches.


How do I identify a Vietnam War SWAP PATCH?


  • They are always machine made
  • They Invariably (although not always) have a cheesecloth backing (cheesecloth is a gauze like-fabric readily available in Vietnam during the war due to the previous French Connection )
  • They are often smaller than their worn counterparts ( this is only applicable if they were made solely for Swapping )


Price is not an identifying factor with VIETNAM SWAP PATCHES - They start from as little as a dollar and go up to $250.00 You should be able to build a collection of 100 SWAP Patches, if you do your homework for as little as $700 - $ 3,000


In reference to swap patches, We reserve the right and often will use stock photo's.





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