Team 1-A - Plei Do Lim Combat Base - Central Highlands - Vietnam (Close to Pleiku)
Plei Do Lim combat base was open from at least April 1962 (and most likely earlier) and was initially run by the CIA in command of Mobile Guerrilla Forces of the local Hill Tribes. There is no record of any commander at Plei Do Lim with the name Zobel and it was most likely a Pseudonym of a CIA Operative at the base in the early days of participation of the US in Vietnam.
Plei Do Lim was located on the Ho Chi Minh Trail with Viet Cong operatives and equipment transiting through this area from Cambodia.
Plei Do Lim was officially run by the United States Army, 1st / 5th Special Forces Group Airborne.
This piece dates pre October 1965. In October 1965, Detachment A-1 at Plei Do Lim was renumbered as A-216. By 1967 is was re-number again to be A-254 and was an official Civilian Irregular Defense Group program (CIDG, pronounced "sid-gee") camp and numbered almost 600 Mercenary Operatives (Bilnar Hill Tribe Recon Operatives).
On the 2nd of August 1968 the US Army handled control of the camp over to the South Vietnamese Special Forces, 81st Tiger Force Rangers.
This piece is unused and in excellent condition.
Measures - 3.6 x 3.6 inches (9 x 9 cms)