unusual armor vest worn by USN Swift boat crew
Posted 07 February 2009 - 08:32 PM
A side view of an American swift boat gunner on a river in the southern Delta VN 1968.
notice the extra padding on top of the shoulder?
Posted 07 February 2009 - 10:53 PM
Posted 08 February 2009 - 04:18 PM
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Posted 12 February 2009 - 08:09 PM
I was on Swifts in Vietnam 69-70 and all I ever had was a flak jacket that would float but wouldn't stop a rifle bullet. I would have been glad to have had something better. Also had the flak pants that always fell around your ankles when things got hot. I guess I just puckered too much.
cool photo Steve, thanks for sharing your personal experience as a Swift boat sailor http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif
Edited by BOLO, 12 February 2009 - 08:09 PM.
Posted 12 February 2009 - 08:49 PM
that's for helicopter crews...the pilots version with armor only to the front & the door gunners both to the front & back
This is not the same vest is it? It's called "variable armor" too. (this is from the always helpful http://www.vietnamge...kit.aspx?kit=31 )
Posted 12 February 2009 - 09:38 PM
The vest being worn by the Swift Boat crew member is the 3/4 collar vest of titanium/ nylon composite as I had mentioned and not the variable armour.
Forum Support posted a photo of the variable armour, though it is similar in appearance to the air crew armor Coolman mentions.
Here is link which has some good photos. For some reason I can't save them to my desktop.
Posted 04 August 2009 - 04:50 PM
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