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    American Red Cross in the Vietnam War
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  1. The "PreparePreserve Protect" crest is for the 203rd personnel services battalion The "Support" crest is the 172nd support battalion and the last one is the 123rd aviation battalion
  2. Hello, I recently purchased an American Red Cross phone and address directory, and one of the intriguing elements was an inclusion of call signs for each ARC office. My question is, would these call signs be used for communicating with other units via PRC-25 or some other field phone or radio, or utilized for MARS calls, or something else? Below is one of the addresses/callsigns
  3. Below is a replica of a patch I had reproduced for a tiger stripe "party jacket" that I replicated based on an original in Richard Johnson's book Tiger Patterns: A Guide to the Vietnam War's Tigerstripe Combat Fatigue Patterns and Uniforms.
  4. I have ordered the smooth finish name plates from here for Nam era uniforms, though I am told they aren't as thick as the original but for $5 I ain't complaining. https://www.armysurplusworld.com/class-a-name-plate -Dave
  5. How common was it for pages in a Training Circular or FM or TM to be watermarked? I have a 1982/1983 dated training circular for the "Communications-Electronics Operation Instructions 'The CEOI'" that has sample worksheet pages for the manual creation of the CEOI that are watermarked with a the Great Seal of the US (although the 13 star rosette is replaced by a 5 pointed star) and the date 1983.
  6. The 174th Infantry Regiment, on 29 July 1955 it was redesignated 174th Armored Infantry Battalion, and then redesignated again as an infantry regiment on 20 March 1962. The insignia was also amended to add a motto, "Semper Fidelis" on 6 September 1968. That info was pulled from the TIOH page of the 174th Infantry Regiment
  7. They did, but very few. In the few photos I have seen it was typically just one soldier wearing one. But the Lightweight rucksack (standardized ca 1967) had a far superior carrying capacity made it more favorable to use than the smaller ARVN ruck. But the ARVN ruck is more favorable than the small buttbag. Here is a forum thread that includes some shots of the ARVN ruck in use with 1st Cav troops and I FFV, but I am sure there are other pictures of the rucks in use out there. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/191956-vietnam-war-1966-oct-pleiku-1st-cav-div-impression/?p=14
  8. POM codes are a type of serial number and color code system utilized during Operation Neptune for the marking of equipment and vehicles for easier identification of a unit's equipment (similar to the Marine Corps' UNIS markings). This site also has some more detailed info on the POM markings as well as examples if you click on the tab entitled "browse" https://www.med-dept.com/pom/about.php.
  9. There's more than one way to do it. For instance one way is to use 550 cord (or para cord), which Joel Kinney from the D-2/5 Cav group in the Pacific Northwest (famous for their participation in the documentary In-Country) shows in this video . The way I do mine is I remove the LW shoulder straps from the frame and place the tropical straps over the frame, I then combine the adjustable shoulder strap on the frame to tropical ruck strap and use the adjustable strap from the tropical ruck to tie it off to the frame to secure it, and then I run the long accessory straps through the bottom lo
  10. Yeah it was back in the BDU days, and if I remember correctly it was adorned from the button closest to the middle of the jacket but I'm drawing a blank on which pocket it was worn (I'm wanting to say right). And they were also made of leather.
  11. Nice piece, my dad has a few of those pocket hangers from when he was a driving instructor and check driver with the 28th Trans Bn in Germany in the early 2000s. What I found interesting was that the unit crests on the pocket hangers from my dad were bigger than the regular unit crests he had to wear on his beret or on his ear plug case.
  12. Identification, like the dependent ID cards feature the sponsor's name and rank (they also used to feature the sponsor's SSN). But there are a variety of variations for those tags. And the most plausible answer I found regarding the purpose was for identification during mass evacuations, but I have heard other stories regarding their use. The following image is from a book entitled "My Dog Tags Are Not A Fashion Statement: An Army Brat comes of age in Post-World War II Germany"by Mary W. Schaller. This other link may also be of interest as it includes some anecdotes about the use of the ta
  13. DEP stands for Dependent, in this case Dependent Wife of Linhardt Ronald D.
  14. Not all Marines wore M55 vests, there are instances when Marines were issued M52A and later the 3/4 Collar Fragmentation Vests (commonly misnomered as the M69 as the M69 looks similar although with velcro closure rather than the zipper fastener that the 3/4 Collar vest has). A buddy of mine owns a M52A vest with a USMC Depot stamp, and I think there is even a picture or 2 of a Marine during the Battle of Hue wearing a 3/4 collar vest. Its just one of those "exceptions to policy" like soldiers wearing a Marine/Navy 8 point cover (without the EGA) or a 101st Airborne troop wearing an M55 vest at
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