Al Boman’s captured single sided Viet Cong banner.
The National Liberation Front (NLF) / Viet Cong Flags were introduced in 1954. The flag is divided horizontally into two equal parts with a five-pointed star in the center. The top red field represents the blood spilled for peace, the blue field represents that of peace and the five pointed yellow star signifies the Mongolian race. Each point of the start represents a social class: the top point Students and continuing clockwise is the farmers, industrialist, merchants and soldier.
Elmer “Al” Boman served four tours in Vietnam. His first tour was in 1964 with Military Assistance Command Vietnam as an Assistant to General Westmorland. He returned for a second tour in 1965 with 5th Special Forces Group (ABN) as a PSY-OPS NCO attached to A-415. Al returned for his third tour in 1966 with 5th SFG assigned to B-41 Muc Wa. His final tour was in 1968 with 5th SFG (ABN) assigned to A-411.
Sergeant Major (E-9) Boman retired from the Army in April 1984 after thirty years with forty-eight months in Vietnam.