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  1. It was actually our unit SOP (in 2003 Iraq) to cut the chinstrap off the boonie and throw it in the garbage. We also had the option of wearing the boonie or PC -- that was one area where they didn't care about uniformity. I think most people went with the boonie just cause it looked cooler (and provided better protection).
  2. I just found out recently that Pat Sajak is a Vietnam veteran! He served as a radio DJ.
  3. I've seen pictures of modern day Iraqi soldiers wearing chocolate chips... isn't it possible, since he's SF, that he was working with such a unit so he decided to wear his old Gulf War digs to fit in? Okay, maybe that's a long shot....
  4. CIB? Maybe he reclassed....
  5. Okay, maybe a dumb question since I haven't seen the movie and don't know all the details of the real story.... but, did the Japanese even know there was a cargo net there?
  6. I used to work in the film industry and I can vouch for this mindset. It's almost always the producers/directors who don't care if something is wrong, because a) there isn't time to fix it, and/or b ) it's not in the budget to get the right thing, and/or c) "I don't give a **** if it's wrong. Roll camera." I mean, it does make some degree of sense... not everything has to be absolutely perfect, especially if you know that 99.9% of your audience isn't die hard militaria enthusiasts and won't give a rat's patootie that a certain type of helmet liner wouldn't exist for another 20 years.
  7. I thought that was amazing as well.... Though if you think about it, there are probably several big reasons: 1) The Africans/mercenaries had absolutely ZERO cover. Just them running through wide open fields. The Irish had multiple buildings, walls, and trenches to hide in/behind, making it relatively easy to repel the attacks with little damage to themselves. 2) With the exception of the French mercenaries, the Africans probably had little to no actual military training. They probably just slapped a gun in their hands and paid them $20 a week or something. 3) The Irish actually
  8. That book is amazing... I just read it for the first time a couple months ago. Definitely should be recommended reading for anyone interested in military history.
  9. Reflections of a Warrior by Franklin Miller. Spent six years in Vietnam and was awarded the Medal of Honor.
  10. What's the significance of the dog tag chain around those patches? Was it just done because it looks cool? Is that something the vet would have done after discharge?
  11. I think I knew the guy in this picture. Regardless, I think 3/187 infantry was one of the few battalions if not the only one to wear "battle hair," as it was called, for the invasion of Iraq, but we ditched it several months into the war. Maybe it was all of 3rd brigade that wore it? I can't remember now. But my money's on the guy in that picture being a Rakkasan, mostly likely from 3rd batt. We made it by attaching a section of cargo net to the helmet band with 550 cord, and then tying strips of burlap to the cargo net. It was kind of annoying and tended to get caught on things and f
  12. I like how the SEAL badge is all the way at the absolute bottom, too... Those marksmanship badges obviously have precedence!
  13. Yes, I was with the Rakkasans for the Iraq invasion. We actually all had desert patches; at least, the "high speed" front line infantry units did. I honestly don't remember who from the 101st would have gotten woodland patches, but I know I saw them around. Maybe some support units had them? Or replacement guys who joined us later on in the deployment? Other divisions entirely? Don't know... Everything else was a mish-mash, too... we had woodland rucks, TA-50, and flak vests, and our trucks were still woodland at that point, too, with no armor. We were barely prepared for that war,
  14. Also, in the early days of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it was not uncommon for woodland patches to be used on DCUs. I assume due to shortages in the desert patches.
  15. It would have to be either Air Assault, HALO, or Scuba. Those are really the only ones that would fit based on order of precedence. My money is actually on HALO, though, based on the spacing; that Pathfinder is pretty far off to the side, and HALO is a big-ish badge. It looks like too much room on the pocket to be AA or Scuba. EDIT: Technically I guess it could be a Rigger badge, but you don't see many SF guys with Rigger badges.
  16. What's with the modified DCU's? I thought only Rangers and other high-speed units put pockets on the sleeves. Was that a paratrooper/173rd thing as well?
  17. I want that girl's head patch/embroidery on the back of one of my BDU jackets now....haha
  18. I was just watching Close Encounters of the Third Kind recently and the military wears this patch on their shoulders. It sure looks like 5th Group's beret flash but obviously much bigger and oval-shaped. The people in the movie are not supposed to be 5th Group, so I was wondering if the production crew made up a patch based on 5th Group's beret flash, or this is an actual SSI that 5th Group used at one point and the crew just appropriated it. I did a little research but couldn't find anything that indicates it's a real patch, so I thought I'd ask the experts here!
  19. I was just looking at a few WWII guys who had four ribbons total. MOH, Purple Heart, a campaign ribbon, and WWII Victory. That's probably close to the bare minimum a MOH recipient can possibly have, as a purple heart seems to go hand in hand with the MOH most of the time. Maybe there's somebody out there who has the MOH and a campaign ribbon and that's it...now that would be pretty impressive.
  20. Sorry, folks, I guess I'm a young whippersnapper around here with my use of slang.... You are correct, Brig. I wasn't trying to make a political statement at all with my choice of words. I am just saying that seeing that combination of awards on a PFC modern war vet is very rare and impressive.
  21. Just the combination of what they are, from a modern war veteran standpoint.
  22. We all love pictures of uniforms with gigantic ribbon bars, but what about small ribbon bars that are still impressive? I think one of the most ridiculous ones I've seen is Jessica Lynch's. Five ribbons on her uniform, and three of them are the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and POW. (She also rates the GWOT Expeditionary, but for whatever reason she's not wearing it here). I'm sure there are crazier ribbon bars out there... I know I've seen a few that are 5 or 6 ribbons big, and one of them is the Medal of Honor. What are some of your favorites?
  23. There was a shortage of all kinds of DCU stuff. If I remember correctly my unit was issued a full DCU MOPP suit and full Woodland MOPP suit. We never wore the Woodland. Some units, especially in the Marines, I think, wore full Woodland during the invasion. The unit I was in had Woodland flak vests and rucksacks, but everything else was DCU. The early days of the war was a clusterfudge when it came to matching camo patterns. Oh, yeah, our vehicles were still all Woodland at that time, and had zero armor except for some sandbags on the floor.
  24. Interesting... I guess I just wasn't really paying attention because of my age and it probably did get all wrapped up in the rest of the Central America/drug nonsense that was ongoing at the time. I just watched a documentary about it and it was a pretty interesting operation.
  25. What was American public consciousness like during the Invasion of Panama in 1989? I was only 12 at the time, and don't even remember it being anything anyone talked about or referenced. I didn't know until years later that such a thing even happened. I know 12 is kind of young to usually be interested in stuff like that, but Desert Storm was barely a year after that and I clearly remember that being a huge deal for a long time. I definitely remember hearing occasional references to Grenada and Lebanon over the years, but Panama was just one of those things that seemed to be ignored, or
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