This is our second tour with CSM Brian W. A couple of years back we had then 1SG Brian W and his team of the 173rd when they were last in AFG. Now Brian is back with the Black Scarves! We're honored and privileged to support them. Check out the latest pictures we've received from them on 20 March 2012 and look at the conditions they're in.
On 30 April 1966, in a sweep through the village of Lo Go, the 1st Battalion was engaged in heavy fighting and it was during this time that a large quantity of black cloth was captured. This cloth was used by the Viet Cong to make their "Black Pajama" uniforms. At the direction of battalion commander, LTC Richard Prillaman, this cloth was made into scarves to be worn by the battalion's soldiers. LTC Prillaman wanted to be able to distinguish his battalion from other division soldiers and to provide the soldiers with something more appropriate than the towels the men were wearing around their necks. It is from this that the battalion has as its nickname "Black Scarves". The printing on the scarves was a different color for each company: HHC, yellow; Company A, red; Company B, white; Company C, blue; and Company D, green.
We still wear the scarves, mostly during ceremonies, but some of the boys have them on daily. It is a tradition that they love.
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