Ben Lyons’ Montagnard Flag that hung in the RT Maryland US team house. The team later incorporated the flag into their team patch.
The flag of the Montagnard people was adopted in 1949 and was recognized by the South Vietnamese Government. The design consisted of three equal horizonal stripe, the color green represented the mountains and forest where they lived, the yellow (also seen in white) is honesty and peace and the red is for the blood and struggle. Imposed in the center of the flag is an elephant that is gentle but powerful that surrounded by a Montagnard bracelet that represents friendship and justice.
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 where he served with Recon Team Maryland.
Staff Sergeant (E-6) Lyons was medically discharged from the Army in 1976 with twenty-nine months in Vietnam.