Ben Lyons’ US issued uniform top that was badged on the right sleeve (combat sleeve) with a US Special Forces Shoulder Sleeve Insignia (SSI), the right chest pocket has a Recon Team Maryland patch that is surmounted with a name tape that reads: Lyons. The left sleeve is badged with a Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MAC V) SSI (this notes 5th SFG had left Vietnam) and the left chest pocket has a printed Special Commando Unit (SCU) patch that is surmounted by a US ARMY tape, US Basic Airborne Wings, and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge (CIB).
In 1969, Brendan L. Lyons served in Vietnam with the 5th Special Forces Group (ABN), II Corp Mike Force. He was later reassigned to Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MAC V SOG), Command and Control South (CCS), Recon Company assigned to Recon Team Plane. After the CCS compound was closed, the veteran was transferred to Command and Control Central (CCC), Recon Company assigned to Recon Team Maryland.