Numbered SOG Knife (2283)

John Blaauw’s MAC V SOG issued SOG knife numbered 2283.

In 1969, John G. Blaauw was assigned to Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MAC V SOG), Command and Control Central (CCC), Recon Company and served on Recon Teams: New York and Washington.

Staff Sergeant (E-6) Blaauw processed out of the Army in 1971 after three years’ service with fourteen and a half months in Vietnam.

In 1967, Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MAC V SOG), OPS-35 (Ground Reconnaissance) Program was expanded. With the additional personnel, MAC V SOG’s House 50 (Supply Office / S4) requested the Counter Insurgency Support Office (CISO) to procure additional SOG knives.

Conrad “Ben” Baker redesigned the knife with a larger cross guard and more refined blade. With the loss of the first batch of Fat Guard SOG knives during the logistic process he also requested the knives be individually numbered on the ricasso that start at 1 and continue through 3700. The initial batch of knives had variations in the tempering process from an almost parkerized black to blued and other versions of a plum color. The number system started out as hand stamped and the ladder were acid etched. I have encountered two different stylized versions of the acid edge design.