I recently got this pair of boots, they have a corcoran label and named to SSG Powell. They seemed to have been resoled, not sure though. The seller told me they were ww2 paratrooper boots, I didn't believe him but I thought they were neat and just got them. Are these authentic? Are they paratrooper boots from a later time like vietnam? Any information is appreciated!
Paratrooper Boots? Era?
Posted 12 September 2014 - 04:46 PM
Posted 12 September 2014 - 04:47 PM
Posted 12 September 2014 - 04:56 PM
Looks authentic maybe ww2 issued that were blackened in that case they were probably used in the 50s or later. Not a huge expert on these
Posted 12 September 2014 - 05:11 PM
Look like 1960s boots to me, they look very close to the ones the army wore in early Vietnam, they were quickly replaced because the climate made them useless but helicopter pilots continued to use them through the war.
Edited by Cap Camouflage Pattern I, 12 September 2014 - 05:14 PM.
Posted 12 September 2014 - 06:39 PM
Ok thanks for the opinions guys! I found a staff sergeant in Vietnam, here's his info:
Trying to see if I can connect the boots to him!
Posted 12 September 2014 - 07:51 PM
I'm going to guess he did not have these in Vietnam as the leather was useless in the jungle.
Posted 13 September 2014 - 05:20 AM
I've got a couple of comments- first, there is no way that these are WWII era boots. I'm not sure who, with any experience at all in WWII airborne would identify them as such. Second, taking the identification marking of "SSG Powell" to that of a name on the Vietnam Memorial wall is making a HUGE leap. There are a total of 62 servicemen named Powell who show up on the wall. During my 10 years in the army, I probably knew at least ten named Powell and six of them were NCO's so could have been a SSG. Multiply that by the total number of Powell's in the army from the late 1960's until around 1990, and you've got a huge amount of people named Powell.
Back in the late 50's and 60's, these boots came with leather laces. These have later style laces. I would say that these most likely date to the late 70's to mid 80's. These boots were VERY popular when worn in garrison, but they really weren't worn in the field often as they would get scratches and scuffed. These boots were popular because they took a great shine to them. If you're going to ruin a pair of boots in the field, you wouldn't take a pair that cost you anywhere from a couple of days to half a week's pay to buy them.
Posted 13 September 2014 - 06:15 AM
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