French style 4-pocket shirts like the one on this page were intended for upper class South Vietnamese civilians (source: However, some were made and worn by western news media correspondents (sources:, as well as covert operatives (source:

Material is a thin cotton.

Upper Pockets:

Has patch ghosts of tapes sewn above pockets.

Lower Pockets:

External “accordion” style (source:

Arm Pocket:

Used for holding pens and other writing utensils.



Pink plastic buttons.



Tu Do Street is a long street in Saigon, South Vietnam. “Tu Do” is Vietnamese for “Liberty”. After 1975, the communist government renamed it “Dông Khoï” (source

Usage Photos:

News Correspondent:

Early to Mid 1960’s: In this undated photo, from L to R, reporters David Halberstam (New York Times), Malcolm Brown (Associated Press), and Neil Sheehan (UPI) chat beside a helicopter in Vietnam (from

USAF CCT Advisor (Thai Unity Program):

Left to Right: John Koren, Forward Air Guide Mousetrap, Clyde Howard (appears to be wearing this type of shirt), Forward Air Guide Smallman (from