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#1 hotlead

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 08:45 PM

I got a 3rd pattern M-1955 USMC flak vest a few weeks ago, for just $30 btw.

I was wondering if anyone knew when the 3rd pattern M-55 was put into service, and when the Marines stopped using it. I'm trying to put together a late/post VN Marine set. What is the string going through the eyelets in the collar for? Also, when did the 2nd pattern M-55 come out?

Edited by hotlead, 10 April 2009 - 08:49 PM.


#2 Bob Hudson

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 08:58 PM

II was wondering if anyone knew when the 3rd pattern M-55 was put into service


Lots of details about that here: http://www.usmilitar...showtopic=29076

#3 DiGilio

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 09:38 PM

The earliest date in a 2nd pattern M55s I remember is 1967.

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 08:08 AM

Thanks guys, this didn't come up in any of my searches.

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 08:22 AM

judging from photos of the Marines in Beirut Lebanon back in 1983 they are wearing the newer style kevlar body armor in woodland camo.

my guess is the 3rd pattern vests became obsolete by the early 1980's?

Edited by BOLO, 11 April 2009 - 08:23 AM.


#6 BOLO

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 10:05 AM

heres a photo of two Marines firing a Stinger Missile in the early 1980's and they have the new Kevlar

PASGT Body Armor, Fragmentation Protective Vest

http://www.olive-dra...armor_pasgt.php

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Edited by BOLO, 11 April 2009 - 10:05 AM.



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