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Sat cong (Vietnamese: sát cộng) was a slogan used during the Vietnam War....

The sailors were a peppery group: They adopted as their motto the words "Sat Cong" ("Kill Communists"), an adaptation of the slogan "Sat Dat" ("Kill Mongols") used as a rallying cry centuries ago when the Vietnamese fought the ...Kublai Khan[1]

I noticed that many ratings aboard the Vietnamese navy junks had the words Sat Cong tattooed on their chests. I asked a Special Forces man what it meant. He explained that the slogan meant 'Kill the Communists,' and he said that the ...[2]

Requisitioning two livestock marking machines from the US, the South Vietnamese will tattoo on the chests of their sailors the phrase "Sat Cong" (Let's kill the Communists). But more than a slogan will be neces...[3]

"Any member of this battalion who personally kills a Viet Cong will be presented a Sat Cong badge— Kill Viet Cong— for his ... The Sat Cong badge will only be given to those individuals who have accomplished the above- mentioned feat. ...[4]

Photo of chest tatoo, and explanation of Junk Force, popularity of slogan among NVT refugees.

Each crew member has "Sat Cong" tattooed on his chest in large letters. The words mean "Kill Communists" in Vietnamese and were originally used in the hopes of giving the men a little esprit de corps. The words also served to discourage ...[5]

Our job mainly was to “sat cong” (to “kill laborers”). It was a deadly and grueling nightmare on that road. The “dan cong”, who courageously transported supplies down the trail, braved great danger with every step.[6]

Clad in black cotton bell-bottoms, draped with carbines and bandoleers, each of them wearing a tattoo that reads Sat Cong ("Kill Communists") on their chests, the "junkmen" look like tough customers. They have girls in every port, ...[7]

... decorated with bellicose comments: below the articulated shoulder pads is written SAT CONG — 'Kill Communists'; LINE LOI is that classic statement of the Vietnam War — 'Sorry About That'; and SIN LOI does not bear translation. ...[8]

The motto was Sat Cong. Cong means Communist. Sat means to kill. Sat Cong— Kill the Communists. We had it on our patch. The junkmen had it tattooed over their hearts. At one time I was told it was a requirement for 'em, so they didn't ...[9]

{{Although many early recruits were well motivated, the PRUs began to attract social outcasts, including convicted criminals, who embraced their basic task, murder, by tattooing themselves "Sat Cong" (Kill Communists). ...}}

On the pockets of their camouflaged shirts, the PRU soldiers wore the skull and crossbones emblem, and their ranks included former criminals and Vietcong defectors upon whose chests the government had tattooed the phrase "Sat Cong," ...[10]

The war-game industry offered "authentic missions" to teams of players sent to "Vietnam" (ie, Sat Cong Village in Los Angeles, of Platoon fame) or "Nicaragua" or "Urban Ghettos," providing them with walkie-talkies and paintball machine ... [11]

And some of them, in a post-boot-camp burst of bravado, had had the words Sat Cong (Kill Vietcong) tattooed on the backs of their hands, near the web between thumb and forefinger. When they returned home, nobody faulted those young ... [12]

The quality of these patches varies: some are beautifully made and detailed ; others, such as the "Sat Cong" ("Kill Cong") patches unofficially awarded to soldiers who had killed a Viet Cong or North Vietnamese soldier in combat are ...[13]

He sees another battalion commander issue special olive-green badges bearing the words sat cong (Vietnamese for "kill Communists") to soldiers who prove they have killed a Viet Cong. He sees a brigade commander run a contest [14]

One Ninth Division lieutenant colonel, nicknamed "The Mad Russian" by his men, gave out his own "Sat Cong" "Kill Cong" medals to every GI who killed one of the enemy. The killing, of course, is part of a definite political strategy, ...[15]

The commandos were definitely among the most committed men in the South's armed forces, and many stories abound regarding their famous sat cong (Vietnamese for "kill communists") tattoos. In fact, some commandos went so far as to add a ...[16]

Sergeant Dinh, like many soldiers fighting the Vietcong, had the words, "Sat Cong" — "kill communists" — tattooed on his upper arm in memory of General Tran Hung Dao. The traffic had slowed to nearly a crawl and Dinh jumped out of the ...[17]

Other companies were rewarding their men with "Sat Cong badges" for every "Vietcong" killed. Why should Calley have assumed that his actions would not be praised and rewarded?23 When news of the massacre at My Lai appeared in the press, ...[18]

Canby had Sat Cong tattooed on him. That means "Kill Vietcong" and the old junk fighters sometimes had this tattoo. But not everybody had the guts to get it. If the VC capture you and see it, they kill you — often slowly and painfully. ...[19]

Many South Vietnamese soldiers had "Sat Cong," meaning "Kill Viet Cong," tattooed on their arms or across their chests, and they now lived in fear of being shot. When the first South Vietnamese Army officers left for the reeducation ...[20]

Cmdr. Lindenmayer pointed out to me the tattooed words Sat Cong on their torsos, above their hearts. "All of our junkmen have that tattooed on their chests. It means 'Kill the Communists,' and it's part of joining the Junk Force — it's ...[21]

It had a high percentage of Catholics and many of the soldiers had the words 'Sat Cong', or 'Kill the Communists', tatooed on their arms. But by this time the Division was a shadow of its former self. In the last weeks it had remained ...[22]

... harrowing experience for the Marines to move through the jungle with the Vietnamese Rangers, when the latter play transistor radios, use lights, talk loudly and smoke. In the Vietnamese Navy each crew member has "Sat Cong" tattooed ...[23]

Their determination to fight Communism was underscored by the fact that many of the team members of SOG Team Romulus who had come from North Vietnam, wore a dark-blue tattoo, the Vietnamese phrase sat cong ("Kill Communists"), ...[24]

Most crews consist of six convicts let out of jail on the pledge to fight the Vietcong. To guarantee the pledge against any inclination to desert to the enemy, each parolee has the phrase sat cong ("kill ...[25]

conscripts of the South-Vietnamese army who were tattooed with the southern warcry SAT CONG {'Kill Communists') claimed this had been d, under duress to stop them changing sides. ...[26]

'Sat Cong' (kill communists) was the motto of many recon teams. The central co-ordinating body, responsible for organising and evaluating the performance of field teams, was the Military Assistance Command Vietnam, ...[27]

A Secret Service spokesman says 75 people participated for about an hour. There is a profusion of "sat cong" (Death to communists) signs, petitions to haul Hanoi officials into court for war crimes, leaflets with skulls and crossbones ... [28]

See also[edit]


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