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Connecticut Soldiers Collection, Dennis Lyons Collection

Identifier: 2016-0021

Content Description

This Vietnam War-era uniform belonged to U.S. Army supply specialist Dennis M. Lyons from 1968-1971. The service uniform or “class A” was supposed to be worn by U.S. Army personnel in situations calling for formal dress, such as public and official functions. The green uniform features a jacket with four gold buttons, dress slacks, a cap, and an olive drab utility fatigue shirt. The jacket has three ribbons above the left breast pocket: a National Defense Service ribbon, awarded to service members who served honorably during a period in which a “national emergency” had been declared during a time of war or conflict, a Vietnam Service ribbon, recognizing service during the Vietnam War, and a Republic of Vietnam Campaign ribbon, awarded by the former South Vietnamese government to military personnel for service in South Vietnam. Below these ribbons there is an Army Sharp Shooter Badge on the left pocket with a rifle qualification. The left shoulder of the uniform jacket features a red and blue 5th Army patch with an Army Specialist 5 rank patch below it. The right shoulder features another Army Specialist 5 rank patch with a 20th Engineer Brigade patch above it.


  • 1968-1971

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open and available for research.

Biographical / Historical

Dennis Lyons of Granby, CT, enlisted in the United States Army on April 29, 1968. Lyons completed basic training at Fort Dix in New Jersey and training in military supply at Fort Lee in Virginia. In October 1968, he was sent to Germany as a parts specialist before becoming a switchboard operator. After spending seven months in Germany, Lyons was sent to Vietnam in July 1969, where he was assigned to the Combat Engineer Battalion in Binh Thuy as a supply specialist. In August 1970, after spending a year in Vietnam, Lyons was sent to Fort Leonard in Missouri, where he continued serving as a supply specialist until he was discharged from the Army on April 28, 1971.


3 Linear Feet

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This collection consists of a Vietnam War-era service dress uniform worn by supply specialist Dennis Lyons of Granby, CT from 1968-1971.

Connecticut Soldiers Collection, Dennis Lyons Collection
Archives & Special Collections staff
2016 October
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

University of Connecticut Library
405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205
Storrs Connecticut 06269-1205 USA US