Tangible, physical and material. Here, each month, we present to you a piece, an artifact, of Fort Bragg’s past.
The UNPIK patch was worn by members of the United Nations Partisan Infantry Korea, 8240th Army Unit during the Korean War. UNPIK, 8240th Army Unit, were supported and trained by members of the then newly established 10th Special Forces Group.
10th SFG, formed in 1952, was the first permanent unconventional warfare unit, since World War II and was formed at Fort Bragg. Soldiers from 10th SFG were deployed to Korea and supported the ranks of the 8240th Army Unit.
The “8240th” was divided into two sub-elements. Combined Command for Reconnaissance Activities, Korea, 8240th Army Unit, who over saw intelligence gathering, and United Nations Partisan Forces Korea, 8240th Army Unit, which trained anti-Communist North Korean partisans.
In 1952, UNPFK, 8240th Army Unit, was renamed UNPIK, 8240th Army Unit. The organizational and name changes to this unit, over less than three years, were a reflection of the shifting responsibilities for UW, during a time when a more permanent place was being created for this capability within the U.S. military. Among the men who wore these patches were the first U.S. Special Forces Soldiers. The UNPIK officially deactivated and disbanded 1954.
(Editor’s note: Information for this article was found in “SOG,” by Harve Saal and “Unconventional Warfare in Korea: Forgotten Aspect of the ‘Forgotten War’,” by Dr. Richard L. Kiper, Special Warfare, Vol. 16, No. 2.
This patch can be seen on display at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum.)