CCC RECON TEAM "OREGON" PATCH - MACV SOG reconnaissance teams composed of
Special Forces soldiers and indigenous personnel penetrated the enemy's
most dangerous redoubts in the jungles of the Laotian wilderness and
the sanctuaries of eastern Cambodia. Pursued by human trackers and even
bloodhounds, these small teams outmaneuvered, outfought and outran their
numerically superior foe, to uncover key enemy facilities, rescue
downed pilots, plant wiretaps, mines and electronic sensors, capture
valuable enemy prisoners, ambush convoys, discover and assess targets
for B-52 strikes, and inflict casualties all out of proportion to their
own losses. When enemy counter-measures became dangerously effective,
SOG operators innovated their own counters, from high altitude
parachuting and unusual explosive devices, to tactics as old as the
French and Indian War. Fighting alongside their Montagnard, Chinese
Nung, Cambodian and Vietnamese allies, SOG's Special Forces Recon Teams,
Hatchet Force and SLAM Teams and platoons staged daring raids against
key enemy facilities in Laos, Cambodia and North Vietnam, overran major
munitions and supply stockpiles, and blocked enemy highways to choke off
the flow of supplies to South Vietnam.
SOG's cross-border operations proved an effective economy-of-force,
compelling the North Vietnamese Army to divert 50,000 soldiers to rear
area security duties, far from the battlefields of South Vietnam.
Supporting these hazardous missions were SOG's own U.S. and South
Vietnamese Air Force Transport and Helicopter Squadrons, along with USAF
Forward Air Controllers and Helicopter Units of the U.S. Army and
Marine Corps. These courageous aviators often flew through heavy fire to
extract SOG operators from seemingly hopeless situations, saving lives
by selflessly risking their own.
Most if not all
of SOG's Teams had their own insignia's made up in the form of cloth patches in
order to enhance team unity and esprit de corps. As most of the indigenous
personnel couldn't speak English, graphics (ie Tigers, skulls, snakes,
hatchets, etc) were more symbolic to them and easily understandable than words.
Umpteen different cloth patches and variations exist for SOG's recon teams. Many
of SOG's personnel are among the POW/MIA who never returned and are discrepancy
Command and Control North, SOG's largest command fielded approximately 35
Reconnaissance Teams named after US States, Snakes and Spiders. CCN Recon Teams
were; Adder, Alaska, Anaconda, ASP, Bushmaster, Cobra Alakapong, Connecticut,
Crusader, Habu, Hunter, Idaho, Indiana, Indigo, Intruder, Kansas, Krait,
Louisiana, Mamba, Mississippi, Missouri, Moccasin, Montana, New Hampshire, New
Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Python, Rhode Island, Rattler, Sidewinder,
Tarantula, Viper, Virginia, Wyoming and WASP.
Command and Control
Central fielded approximately 25 Reconnaissance Teams which were named after US
States. CCC Recon Teams were; Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado,
Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois,
Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New
York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington and West
Virginia. Command and Control Central also had four "SLAM" Companies A, B, C,
and D and used indigenous personnel recruited and paid for by MACV-SOG.
Command and Control
South, SOG's smallest command fielded approximately 10 Reconnaissance Teams which
were name mostly after tools. CCS Recon Teams were; Fork, Lightning, Plane,
Pike, Spike, Trowel, Weather, Sickle, Level and Measure.