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#1 Sully

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Posted 01 December 2015 - 02:53 PM

I acquired quite a bit that belonged to single SF soldier.  Mixed in with the normal jungle fatigues and ERDL was this set.

 

I know to buy the item but the story with this set is that he was involved in the raid that killed Che Guevara.

 

Bolivian made uniform, jacket and pants.  Similar to either our woodland or ERDL.  All pockets have exposed buttons.

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Posted 01 December 2015 - 02:56 PM

Here are the pants.  Again with exposed buttons and rather small cargo pockets.

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Posted 01 December 2015 - 03:02 PM

Interesting uniform. Che was killed in 1967, which probably pre-dates the uniform. It looks like a few that were involved in his capture were wearing od jungle jackets (Bolivian Special Forces). The CIA were involved as well. 



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Posted 01 December 2015 - 03:09 PM

Interesting uniform. Che was killed in 1967, which probably pre-dates the uniform. It looks like a few that were involved in his capture were wearing od jungle jackets (Bolivian Special Forces). The CIA were involved as well. 

 

I figure that as well.  The Bolivians didn't even adopt this camo till the early 1980's.  SGT Gregg served from the early 60's to the mid 80's.  He could have been involved but not in this uniform. 



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Posted 01 December 2015 - 06:54 PM

  As a collector of Central and South American militaria, I have to say this is one of the best uniforms I have seen in quite some time.  GREAT set.  



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Posted 03 March 2016 - 10:20 PM

There were some USSF people involved in training and advising the Bolivians during this period and episode.

They were not directly involved in the apprehension and execution of Che.

 

There are a couple known BS'rs who have run around alluding to having been "somewhat involved."

I served with one of them in VN.  A good guy with a fine record, but a pathological liar.



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Posted 07 March 2016 - 07:16 PM

I agree with Nkomo, that is an amzing piece of history.




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