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    U.S. Military Survival Kits, Vests and equipment/components. Started collecting US Survival kits and gear when I was a boy.
  1. TexRdnec, I was thinking the same thing Dustin wrote. I do not recall if Dustin has a post(s)t on the the E-17 kit - however it is shown on pages 126 and 127 of Breuninger's book (United States Combat Survival Equipment). You should print the information Dustin gathered for you above and put it with your new acquisition - because you can take what Dustin said to the bank! Also my first thought was someone repacked an E-17 or the earlier E-3 or E-3A kits into a single box when I looked at the photos of the kit. And when I read further down into the posts that is exactly what Dustin wrote. Thanks for the kind words Dustin - I know quite a bit about the Survival Kits and Gear of the Vietnam war - I have been collecting Survival Kits and gear and US Army, Navy and Marine Corp Vietnam field equipment since I was 9 years old. However there was very little WWII or Korean war survival kits and gear in the surplus stores in the late 1960s. For example when I was Boy Scout - the E-3 / E-3A kits (pages 124 and 125 of Brueninger's book) or the E-17 kit was shown in the Boy Scout "Field Book" in the make your own survival kit. However as I said by the late 1960s these were no longer available in any surplus store that I could get to in Florida. My scout master served in the Army during the Korean war (I believe in a MASH unit) and he had one of these two part kits in his foot locker. I saw the kit when his son showed me his father's two Randal hollow handle survival knives (18) with crutch tip caps. Which his father obtained from his friend Bo Randal after Bo started making them during the Vietnam war. The next time I went to a surplus store I bought a "Jet Pilots" knife thinking the pommel would come off to reveal a hollow handle! I had to wait another year for Garcia to offer their Brazilian made version of the Hackman Survival Knife to get a hollow handle survival knife. Which I ordered from the Garcia catalog for $9.00 and took with me on my last Boy Scout Camping trip! 10 years later I found a Hackman in a Woolworth's store for $20.00 without a sheath. If I had known it was the original design i would have bought everyone they had! "You snooze you loose!" TexRdnec - Thanks for the heads up on this post
  2. Msgt Norway, thank You! Yep thats the one I was issued. Does your Nalgene carrier have Molle or Alice Clips? I was just getting ready to ask what everyone thought about the "Ration Cold Weather" MREs when I saw your post. This contractor - RAFCO FREEZE DRY, INC. MRE DIVISION of McAllen TX (I was told) used the Mountain House Freeze Dryers and I must say these "Ration Cold Weather" meals were better than any MRE I ever tried.
  3. "Little G.I. Joe" on eBay also had this diagram from Natick (Laboratory) Soldier Center :
  4. Big Moose, There is another one on eBay here: https://www.ebay.com/itm/USGI-Military-Issue-1qt-1993-Arctic-Stainless-Steel-Canteen-Cup-VERY-RARE-FIND/201621058593?epid=919797517&hash=item2ef18d3421:g:tGMAAOSw9GhYbI2~:rk:25:pf:0 This seller has already sold 88 of them!
  5. Big Moose, There is a cup for this canteen on eBay right now. https://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Genuine-G-I-COLD-WEATHER-CANTEEN-CUP-current-issue-in-Alaska/263941889679?hash=item3d74299e8f:g:iCwAAOSwI3RW9E7i:rk:1:pf:0
  6. Brig, Can you post some pics of the issue Nalgene canteen cover? I am curious if your issue Nalgene canteen was the same as the one I was issued back in the 90s. Thanks
  7. I realize I am very late to this topic - however I only just stumbled on this unique piece of US gear when I ordered a new GAT "GI type" stainless WWII canteen on Amazon (I have several of the real US made canteens - however I do not want to use them) and seller Warren5757575 offers this cover with the canteen. Here is the Mil spec for this canteen: http://mil-spec.tpub.com/MIL-C/MIL-C-44347/MIL-C-4434700001.htm
  8. And if you want higher resolution photos - here is the eBay link while it lasts: https://www.ebay.com/itm/U-S-Army-Aircraft-Survival-Kit-Reversible-Sun-Hat-Orange-amp-Woodland-Camouflage-/122908398474?hash=item1c9de9538a%3Ag%3A8OoAAOSwZrhaVuHk&nma=true&si=E1pVDjq8NLHjXutYqXTGRNlUbqA%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 Note: it appears that Walter mixed up his item descriptions on this listing.
  9. Here is a closeup of the label.
  10. Here is a view of the hat as it would appear on your head - orange side out.
  11. Here is a view of the hat as it would appear on your head.
  12. U.S.Army Aircraft Survival Kit Reversible Sun Hat, Orange & Woodland Camouflage I found a Woodland Camouflage version of the hat dated 1999 on eBay I have attached a couple of photos. The ink label on the orange side reflects: HAT, SUN REVERSIBLE 8415-00-270-0229 SPO100-99-M-CA45 NEW BANNER, INC.
  13. "The 1970 Operator's Manual for the SRU-21/P Survival Vest that I have is 4" x 5 3/4" - which is the same size as the 1975 Operator's Manual that I have for the OV-1 (RSSK and Vest kits)." I stand corrected! The 1975 OV-1 Operator's Manual I have is slightly smaller than my 1970 SRU-21/P Operator's Manual. See my comparison photos.
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