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  1. Thank you! Guess I missed that on their website. I'll give it a shot!
  2. Wow, why did they make you cut them down? They let us wear our boonies unmodified. Seems like it would protect you better from the sun that way.
  3. I could be wrong but I thought all the collar insignia from that era were all one color. The fact that the WRT is in black letters could indicate it was something added on "non-militarily"... maybe it's the guys initials and he put them on after discharge? I spent some time googling, too, and came up with nothing.
  4. I'm just guessing, but could it be some kind of holder for a cell phone? I googled "molle cell phone holder" and I couldn't find that exact thing but a lot of stuff looks similar.
  5. Sorry, I don't know if this is the right subforum to post this, or even the right forum, period. My Dad (who died years ago) was a DoD civilian in the early 1980's (and possibly the 1970's). Are these employment records available for FOIA request anywhere? We got his records from the National Archives a long time ago but it just had stuff from his military service in the '60s. There doesn't seem to be an option from the Archives for DoD civilians so I don't know if records are available anywhere else, or if at all. I basically just want to know where he worked and th
  6. That theater made lapel patch is awesome... very exotic looking!
  7. What would have been on that other nametape that's above his name?
  8. How do you get to be a general in an infantry division and not have a combat patch, skill awards, or any tabs? Or do you think he just decided to not put them on his uniform for some reason?
  9. Also, if that was an Operators coat, even if it didn't have skill badges it more than likely would have a Ranger and/or SF tab, right? I think the fact that it lacks those is more telling than missing skill badges.
  10. An infantry LTC with a combat jump and double CIB... There can't be too many of those running around, right? I bet someone could narrow it down to just a few names if they knew how to do the research. Gotta be a Ranger or someone from 173rd maybe?
  11. That pattern is often called "urban camo." It was kind of popular in the 90's. I swear I've seen pictures of police or SWAT using it, but that was a long time ago.
  12. Does anyone have any good ideas on how I can "lighten up" a tiger stripe top? I have a bottom-of-the-line reproduction one, and the colors are really dark and muddy. I just want to make it a little brighter so it doesn't look so crappy. I was thinking of dumping a dash of bleach in the washing machine and running it through to see what happens but I wanted to see if anyone had any better ideas.
  13. I tried to use a binary decoder for the binary on that back patch but it comes out as complete gibberish. As in, it's not binary at all, just random 1's and 0's. My money is on some kind of theatrical/movie costume, or just some fantasy "military chic" wardrobe pieces. Then again I'm not an expert.
  14. There's a lot of patched and semi-patched stuff like this at my local surplus store.... usually priced anywhere from $15-$30.
  15. Yes, IBA, as has already been mentioned, in Woodland Camo. Neck and groin protectors were issued, but never worn. Helmets were PASGT, with the nylon webbing inside and the single chinstrap. I think some higher ups got the fancier helmet guts later on. Also, during the invasion we wore MOPP suits 24/7. Switched back to DCU's after a couple of weeks. Also, like Major Z said, vehicles in the early days of the war had zero armor, and painted Woodland Camo. I think I only ever saw Generals riding around in up-armored vehicles. All we had were sandbags on the floor, and in warmer weather
  16. Maybe a stupid question about SOAR... are they not required to be Airborne qualified?
  17. I wonder if he was clowning around and did that on purpose... "Hey, Mac, I'll buy you a beer if you put your CIB on upside down for the picture...!"
  18. Why is he wearing the SSI like that? Was there some unit level regulation or something? EDIT: Nevermind, I found a whole thread about it here in the forums!
  19. I have a Soldier of Fortune magazine somewhere from the '80's, and I remember seeing an ad in there for a group that would take veterans to China or somewhere to do jumps and you would get wings. I wonder if this is related somehow? I'll see if I can find it when I get home...
  20. Here's something I've wondered for years... are DCU's cut larger than BDU's? Like, a medium regular DCU is bigger than a medium regular BDU. I was told this was the case years ago, because you want a looser fit when you're in the desert, so uniform contractors made DCUs bigger on purpose. The DCUs I have are bigger than their respective size in BDUs, but I don't know if it's on purpose or just a manufacturing variance, and that whole "looser in the desert" thing is just B.S.
  21. So what is a "party jacket?" Is it just an out-of-regs top? When would this be worn, and why?
  22. That caught my eye, too.... According to Wikipedia, Ermey retired as an E6. He was given an honorary E7 promotion in 2002, but that picture was taken long before that. So, either Wikipedia is wrong (which wouldn't surprise me), or there's some kind of story behind that picture. EDIT: Okay, I think I've figured it out. He's also wearing ribbons on that uniform that he didn't have in real life, so that picture is probably from one of his movie roles, like a wardrobe test or something.
  23. "We Were Soldiers" was about Ia Drang, not Hamburger Hill...
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