Sunday, December 13, 2009

Alvin's Red Berets

Alvin pilot Valentine Wilson sits atop the research submarine, shown in its earliest incarnation in 1966 (the external shape and design have been altered a bit over the years). After Wilson came back from a trip to the Bahamas sporting a red beret, the hats were adopted as a badge of camaraderie among the members of the Alvin group.(Photo courtesy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Archives)


  1. Hi Daan,

    My name is Eva Wilson and I am the granddaughter of Valentine Wilson. How nice it was to find this picture and explanation of the red berets! (Of course, I've heard a lot about the red berets from family--what a hoot my grandpa Val was..)

  2. Hi Eva,

    Thank you so much for your reaction - great!
    If you have any stories about the red berets to share, I would love to hear from you! (Great material for The Beret Book I am presently working on...).