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  1. I personally wouldn't know how to date a flack vest, but as I've never seen a reproductuon of the m1955. Also considering the second pattern was manufactured til the 1980s, it may be post-vietnam Sent from my SM-G960U1 using Tapatalk
  2. From what I can see, you appear to have the 3rd pattern of the m1955 vest. M1955 replaced the m1952A flak vest and was used mostly by the Marine Corps. Those two vest were the most common vests used by troops before the m69 flak vest. Hope this helps V/r CFD Sent from my SM-G960U1 using Tapatalk
  3. Awesome display! CFD Sent from my SM-G960U1 using Tapatalk
  4. You will have a pretty good degree of freedom in terms of gear. Mixtures of m56 and m67 web gear were common, and as far as uniforms go, the there are plenty of places that sell reproductions of the slant pocket jungle fatigues. I'm including the link for the vietnam gear website. Any item that US forces used or wore in vietnam are organized on there, its a fantastic resource http://www.vietnamgear.com Sent from my SM-G960U1 using Tapatalk
  5. What year will it take place? I will tell you the later the year, the more freedom of gear you will be able to use, and the easier locating said gear will be Sent from my SM-G960U1 using Tapatalk
  6. Good way of identifying a genuine Vietnam era jungle boot is the "buttcrack" on the heal and the date of production on the top inside edge of the canvas portion, you can also find the company that produced them on underneath the boot (for example the boots shown are 2nd pattern Rosearch-produced). CFD Sent from my SM-G960U1 using Tapatalk
  7. Looks like a pair of 3rd pattern waffle soled pair of jungle boots, these were issued in Vietnam around the mid point of the war, and were the first to incorporate the ankle support stitching in the canvas portion of the boot and a steel plate in the sole (spike protection). Not WWII but still a cool find! CFD Sent from my SM-G960U1 using Tapatalk
  8. I sincerely appreciate your input. Poncho liners are, by far, one of my favorite pieces of militaria, simply because in their short time (relatively speaking) in military use, they have captured so much personal history. No matter how old one is, if it is bought used, odds are its been a few places. I personally have two hand-me-downs of my father's that have seen Somalia and Iraq. I'm debating whether I want to restore this liner and get it re-felted and stitched, or if I want to leave it as the piece of history that it is! Much thanks CFD Sent from my SM-G960U1 using Tapatalk
  9. https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink/topic?url=https://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/345721-od-green-poncho-liner/&share_tid=345721&share_fid=54704&share_type=t&link_source=app Sent from my SM-G960U1 using Tapatalk
  10. Awesome find! If anything I would get the sludge out of the cans and resin them from the bottom. This will prevent any more corrosion and make a great display item. Sent from my SM-G960U1 using Tapatalk
  11. Oh definitely! They stopped in 1975. Sent from my SM-G960U1 using Tapatalk
  12. Received my poncho liner the other day. Leaving the link to my original post below. It's in alright shape, but some yahoo pulled all the quilting stitching out of it so all the felt slowly balled up over time. The tag is gone but the stitching remains. Still perplexes me as to its place in the pattern scheme of early poncho liners. I have visually confirmed it is od, because I know some ERDL liners end up fading to the point of almost looking straight-up green. Its definitely not the first experimental pattern, as it has rounded edges and a center seam. Any thoughts? Concerns? Gripes? Comp
  13. Interesting, so is there an intermediate pattern between the experimental pattern and the spot camo pattern? For everyone's bidding pleasure there is another one up for auction link is below! https://www.ebay.com/itm/333674445375 Sent from my SM-G960U1 using Tapatalk
  14. Does anyone happen to know where one could by reproduced parachute camo material similar to silk if not a synthetic variant? I'm talking about the spot camo that the 1st pattern non-experimental poncho liners were made of Sent from my SM-G960U1 using Tapatalk
  15. Re-reviving the thread, one popped up a few months, and I tried my darnedest to get it. Sold for around 500! Sent from my SM-G960U1 using Tapatalk
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