SOG was named in honor of a covert US Special Ops unit that fought in Vietnam. That unit was known as Military Assistance Command, Vietnam - Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG). Its existence once denied by the US Government, it wasn't until long after the war that the SOG story could even be told.
Separate from "conventional," unconventional operations of the 5th Special Forces Group were the clandestine operations of Military Assistance Command Vietnam/Studies and Observations Group (MACV/SOG). The Studies and Observation Group (SOG) was a cover name to disguise SOG's real function, and the name "Special Operations Group," as it was sometimes called, described its real mission more accurately. Activated in January of 1964, SOG was a joint services unit composed of members from all four branches of the armed forces, including Navy SEALs, Marine Recons, Air Force Special Operations pilots of the 90th Special Operations Wing, but predominantly Army Special Forces.
MACV/SOG's missions included: cross border operations into Cambodia, Laos and North Vietnam to carry out intelligence gathering or raiding missions on the enemy's 'home ground'; gathering intelligence about POWs and carrying out rescue missions when possible; rescuing downed aircrews in enemy territory ("Bright Light" missions); training, inserting, and controlling agents in North Vietnam to gather intelligence or form resistance groups; carrying out 'black' Psy Ops such as operating fake broadcasting stations inside North Vietnam; kidnapping or assassinating key enemy personnel; retrieving sensitive document so equipment lost in enemy territory or in enemy hands; and inserting rigged mortar rounds or other booby-trapped ordnance in enemy arms caches (OPERATION ELDEST SON).
Ace next product will be a 1/6 scale MACV-SOG “ Lucky six” 12-inch Vietnam era military figure. Product Details: 100% hand-made realistic weathering with 1/6 scale Head Sculpt, Man Mk 1 Body (12-inch Figure), OD Boonie hat, OG-107 Tropical Combat Jacket 3rd Pattern, OG-107 Tropical Combat Trousers 3rd Pattern, Trouser belt, US Spike Protective Jungle Boots 3rd pattern DMS Spike Sole, M1956 Suspenders 1st pattern, M1956 Pistol belt, M1956 Compass pouch 2nd pattern x 2, SOG Custom Chest M18 a1 Single pouch x 2, M1937 Bar Belt Pouches (1 pair), M1942 Carlisle Bandage Pouch x 3, M1956 1 quart canteen pouch with M1910 wire belt hook, M1956 1 quart canteen pouch with M1910 wire belt hook / webbing, M1956 1 quart canteen pouch with A.L.I.C.E clip / webbing, M1956 1 quart canteen pouch with A.L.I.C.E clip / Custom utility pouch, 1 quart canteen x 3 pcs, CIDG CISO SMG AK Pouch, USGI Carabineer, A7A Strap, Tarpaulin, XM-177 rifle, 20-round magazine x 13 pcs, M18 Smoke Grenade Red, M18 Smoke Grenade Yellow, M7 A3 Tear Gas Grenade, M26 Fragmentation Grenade x 5 pcs, Linear Anti-personnel Mine XM 37 Fragmacord. Expected Release Date: July 2013
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Wait-a-minit! Who's that hiding under the boonie hat?
Can it be? The Ace 1/6 scale MACV SOG “ Lucky six” head sculpt looks like Roger Moore, best known for playing British secret agent James Bond in the official film series for seven films between 1973 and 1985, and Simon Templar in The Saint from 1962 to 1969.
You can pre-order this Ace 1/6 scale MACV SOG “ Lucky six” 12" Vietnam era military figure with Roger Moore James Bond head sculpt at TFH (The Falcon's Hangar)
December 23, 2007 – Dragon Models Limited (DML) Vietnam War 1/6 scale MACV-SOG 12-inch figure PICTURES
June 13, 2009 – Soldier Story 1/6 US MACV-SOG Review I
June 14, 2009 – Soldier Story 1/6 US MACV-SOG Review II