French Embroidered Kepi of Armament Engineer General 2nd Class Marc Vernet
This kepi belonged to Armament Engineer General 2nd Class (Ingénieur Général de l’Armement de 2eme classe) Marc Vernet and dates to the 1960s. Like the Armament Engineer General 1st Class kepi, the kepi of the lower grade Armament Engineer General 2nd Class features the distinct mistletoe embroidery on the cap band. In the 2nd class grade, however, the bottom row of oak leaves is not present. A Hungarian knot is embroidered on the top of the matter red turban.
Armament General Marc Vernet (1910-1999)
Marc Vernet enrolled in the French military in 1910. He served in the colonial army and was stationed at Djibouti for some time. When World War II turned against the French, Vernet rallied to Charles de Gaulle. He was sent to Indochina to fight the Japanese in 1940 and stayed there during the remainder of the war. By 1946, he was a captain but was soon promoted to commandant in 1947. Vernet became a 2nd class engineer general of armaments in 1965 and was stationed in Paris. In 1972, he received his final promotion to 1st class. Vernet died in 1999. During his service, he received the ranks of officer in the Legion of Honor, Commander in the Legion of Merit, and officer in the Royal Order of Cambodia.