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  1. Craig Pickrall and Sgt. Monroe mentioned a nylon version of this testing in Vietnam with M1956 LLCE
  2. Looks similar to the lot number stamps on chin straps. Interesting.
  3. Some great photos already but if I can suggest something: I find the value of photos diminished without their caption. Without a unit, place, and/or year all they really say is sometime during WWII someone did something like this.
  4. Damaged armor was shipped from RVN to 3rd FSR who salvaged undamaged ballistic nylon yokes and doron plates. They had local Okinawan companies assemble them into vests with new fabric, snaps, and zippers. Repairing the vests was around a quarter of the cost of manufacturing a vest new.
  5. In 2005 with the UCP covers they got a dedicated vertical slit for the mount screw.
  6. Oh and btw there are several repro makers but so far they are either honest or not good enough to pass as original.
  7. Although this is often erroneously called the "3rd pattern" by collectors they are actually damaged vests that were repaired by the 3rd Force Service Regiment in Okinawa who contracted a few Okinawan companies to do the work.
  8. Here he is as a Major General with the 3rd ID spearhead paper decal Here are men at his funeral wearing the same 3rd AD Spearhead decals.
  9. Crew safe! Their tank knocked out near Cisterna in the opening phase of the beachhead battle, this American tank crew returned to safety after a hazardous trip through no man’s land. Relaxing after their tight squeeze are Pvt. Floyd W. Shelton, Wichita, Kansas, lighting cigarette of Pvt. Vassar Nance, Leahville, Arkansas, and (standing left) Pvt. Donald Jones, Dexter, New York, and Cpl. Earl L. Larson, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Cisterna, Italy. 24 May 1944
  10. In the 2015 junpmaster school packing list it says no black pads allowed. Not sure when this rule was first made or by who.
  11. Is it just me or is he wearing a poncho liner with a hole cut in it? It has a solid green border like the liner while the poncho is erdl to the edge. Also the neck hole looks lopsided and I think some of the white stuffing is sticking out
  12. It is an RJ Stampings manufactured shell, made sometime between 1970 and the early 1980s, that style of chinstrap was introduced in 1973 and would be considered post Vietnam as extremely few to none made it to RVN before it fell. The number 604 is not a date, it's an internal quality control number used to track all helmets made of the same lot and lift of steel. Samples of each lot number were chosen at random and their protection tested by firing a special .45 acp bullet at it, if one failed the ballistics test all the helmets with that lot number (and thus the same batch of steel) would be
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