Pat Mitchel’s end of tour presentation bolo. The item is described as a Counter Insurgency Support Office (CISO) round tip bolo that was dismantled, chromed and the handles stained before being reassembled. The blade has been engraved: IN APPRECIATION, SSG PAT W. MITCHEL, SOA (CCC) 5TH SFGA, KONTUM VIETNAM with two beer cans affixed to the face.
In 1969, Pat W. Mitchel served with Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MAC V SOG), Command and Control Central (CCC), Recon Company, assigned to Recon Team Colorado.
Staff Sergeant (E-6) Mitchel processed out of the Army in 1972 after five years’ service with twenty-four months in Vietnam. Pat reenlisted in the Army in 1973 under the Physician’s Assistant Program and later transferred to the South Dakota National Guard while he attended the University of South Dakota, School of Medicine and earned a Doctorate Degree. Major (0-4) Mitchel served in Desert Storm prior to his retirement from the Guard.