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100 Mission Traditions

In addition to a special patch and elaborate celebrations, there were other aspects of the 100 mission tradition. Some aircrews grew large "bullet-proof" mustaches to "protect" themselves and shaved them off after completing their tours. Nearly all had a "boonie hat" (also known as a "go-to-hell" or "Sierra Hotel" hat) on which they kept a running tally of their missions. This tally was often sorted into missions over North Vietnam ("counters") and those in Laos ("non-counters"). Most units kept lists of those Airmen who had completed their 100-mission tours on scoreboards, plaques, red carpets and even sewn onto a flying scarf.

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